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Chag Sameach Pesach

Happy Festival of Passover.

On the fourteenth day, at dusk, we eat the lamb with unleavened bread and bitter greens, with feet shod and loins girded.  And any lamb left over from the whole roasted lamb, is not to remain until the morning, it is to be burnt entirely in the fire.

That’s what I recall from the reading.

And that’s why I don’t keep the feast, just the remembrance.  I don’t have the means to roast a whole lamb, and I don’t have a physical community with which to share the extra meat.

I have purchased unleavened crackers.  And I will rid the property of items that contain leaven tomorrow, as the First Day of Unleavened Bread, Hag HaMatzot, begins at sundown and will last for seven days.  I will also bake unleavened bread tomorrow, using a favorite recipe.

Just like any other restriction, just before the deadline, you’ll find me cramming in samples of the restricted item, slice by slice, piece by piece, bit by bit.  I’ve enjoyed buns and pound cake and toast and cookies and crackers this week.

Over-enjoyed, really.

It will be good for me to refrain for seven days.  Likely a shock to my system, considering the past month of over indulging on bread and baked stuffs.  I’m ready though.

I’m somber already, as the Holy Days always strike me as such sorrowful times.  I simply don’t consider them to be the celebrations they were meant to be, when I’m living in exile.

But I’m extremely thankful to be able to observe the Holy Days.

Todah YHWH!

Preparations: To Look Ahead

A signal for special Hebrew preparations, the twelfth new moon sighting was recently announced.  That triggers my attentions to my larder, my pantry.

As commanded in Exodus, the new year will begin soon.  It’s signaled by the first moon during or after the aviv stage of the barley in Israel.  From Wikipedia, ” aviv is the stage in the growth of grain when the seeds have reached full size and are filling with starch, but have not dried yet “.

This twelfth month means that soon there will be teams searching to determine the barley stage just prior to the next new moon – if the majority of the barley is at aviv, then the new year begins with the next new moon.

That means that Pesach/Passover and Chag Ha’Matzot/Unleavened Bread would follow shortly after.  Time for me to begin using up what I have of leavened items/leavening in my cupboards.

Last year, I was not as prepared, and tossed out nearly $100 worth of prepared foods from the outer food storage areas:  deep freezer and pantry.  It’s what had to be done.

This year, I’m trying to be less wasteful.  It’s so hard to remember when I’m at the store, buying in excess – “no, the remaining panko breading is enough to get through the next six weeks”.  I hope I’m not talking out loud when I remind myself, but that seems to be one of my recently acquired skills.  Ah, the freedom of age, eh?

 

 

Early Warming and Bare Toes

The first week of February is simply too early.

Buds on trees.  Crocus blades nearly two inches above ground level.  Daffodils pushing hopefully sun-ward.  Tulips rising in anticipation.  Blueberry bush buds, like little flames tipping the ends of the bare branches.  Song bird songs and mourning dove coos… it’s simply too early.

Granted, when there are several days of 60+ degrees, these things are bound to occur.  But dang!  It’s not typical, I say!

Enjoyable, definitely, but it makes me leery for what the consequences might be:   the options seem to fall anywhere along the lines of an extraordinary proliferation of bugs due to the prolonged warmth, or a snap kill-off of trees and early plants due to a harsh return of  winter.  I’ll hope for middle ground.

In the meantime, I took myself right out the door and immensely enjoyed that warm ol’ Kansas sunshine.

Lake Dog

A visit to a nearby lake with the dog, then  a meetup with friends at the lake.

lake treasures

Walking around the yard barefoot, giving early test of foot to rock callous as I ambled over to the dead grass.

Oh the feeling cannot be described as I rounded the corner and found the patch of freshly damped bare loam!  A few spots that do not get much sunlight, in a high traffic area.  The result is a finely powdered dirt, newly enriched from a recent soft rain, finely soaked in to leave what felt like milk chocolate for my feet.  It was pure enjoyment.

I don’t know if you’ve heard of the term ‘earthing’.  It’s a movement of sorts, the principles and theories of which I’ve not researched thoroughly.

ground

What I know, for myself, is that there is nothing quite so satisfying as touching Almighty’s creation.

Skin to creation.  Simple pleasures are the best.  🙂

 

Thankful

A day on the US calendar, declared a day of thanks, gives me the day off from work and a good reason to use it to spend with family.

I love my family, so a day when all of us – or many of us – can be together, to visit, to share, to eat (it really does always revolve around the food, yes it does)… those are good days.  Those are days that I am extremely thankful for.

This year though, I’m taking the day off.  No big to-do, no organized meal, because truly this is not a prescribed Holy Day for me.  Not a day commanded by Almighty.  It’s a culturally inherited day, one which I have the ability to enjoy if I so choose, but one on which I would also gladly work if needed.

Hubby countered me the other day when I was describing a conversation I’d had with a co-worker about the days I “observe”.  In his mind, I observe Thanksgiving.  Simply because we often host family in our home on this National Day with all of the fixings.

Easily misunderstood.  It nearly does seem like our family tradition.

Thing is, it’s not.

Really.

Family tradition would mean that I would feel somewhat bereft in not following it  – amiss, and off-kilter, nearly guilty.

I don’t.

I’m extremely thankful that today will be a day I am not required to be at my workplace and a day that I can simply do whatever I feel like doing.

Turkey cooking?  Yes, in fact.  Hubby brought one home from work and I have the day off, so I’ll pop that bird in the oven sometime today.

But at my own pace, because I’m not on a scheduled tradition clock today.

🙂

 

Late Summer Fling

blues 2 yellow on blue dreamy sweet blue on blue heart felt trio

 

I talked with the Hebrew Priest today and he brought home the point that Creation is good.

Almighty created with purpose and it is our special advantage to be able to enjoy the beauty of Almighty’s creation, to feel the effects of a scene that renders us speechless.

Today,  I was finally able to get what I wanted from my new camera – a reproduction of the beauty I witnessed – Creation.