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Friday, October 21, 2005

Photo Friday (Vol. XLII) [Sukkot edition]

Just a quick one today...

First of all, Fall is officially here... I spotted my first Krembo today!  I was in the store picking up some stuff for Shabbat and I saw them sitting next to the cash register.  For those who aren't sure what I'm talking about... go here.  For those who are already Krembo aficionados, this poster from 'A gift from Israel' should say it all:
© A gift from Israel

As to the holiday of Sukkot... we have been enjoying ourselves with some travel and activities with the kids. But the proximity and magnitude of the terrorist attack last week has had an impact on even the most enjoyable endeavors.  When I joined Efrat's Kitat Konenut (emergency response squad) I made a decision to leave my M16 home for short errands around town.  But the town Kabat (security officer) has asked all of us to keep our weapons with us at all times while we are in the Gush Etzion area.  Now we all have this constant reminder with us of how the situation has changed (or perhaps we were fooling ourselves and it never changed at all) as all of us do our grocery shopping, attend synagogue and even go out to the sukkah with this added burden.

As they sing on Sesame Street (tm); "One of these things is not like the others... can you guess which one just doesn't belong?"

Shabbat Shalom & Chag Sameach!

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Yes, we here in Norway can get our Krembo year round! :-) And even with a coconut covered variation! My favorite. Oh, and I know I'm comment jumping here, but my comment on spin doctors wasn't saying that they should spin, but that they inevitably will, so saying that something isn't political doesn't mean that someone won't try to make it so... sorry to put that here on photo friday, but I'm consolidating comment time on a busy work day! Enjoy fall and Sukkot... here fall means scraping ice off the windshield... frost every night now... snow to follow soon, I'll keep you posted!

Posted by: nrg | Oct 21, 2005 12:25:42 PM

We used to have them when I was a child, I loved them! We called them Bombokas. I haven't seen them in ages!

Now, would you believe I lived there and didn't know they existed?? Sheltered kibbutz life, is what it is.

SHABBAT SHALOM, hag sameach!

Posted by: Lioness | Oct 21, 2005 12:31:54 PM

One of these things is not like the other -- I'd have to say it's the arba minim (4 species) -- everything else is used to fulfill a biblical mitzvah (talis, shmiras hanefesh (saving of a life), the table to dwell in the sukkah), but somehow I doubt that's what you were going for.

Moadim L'Simcha.

Posted by: Mike Miller | Oct 21, 2005 12:35:24 PM

origin of the term "krem-bo?"

Posted by: shabtai | Oct 21, 2005 12:38:14 PM

origin of the term "krem-bo?"

Posted by: shabtai | Oct 21, 2005 12:45:14 PM

I'm always asking the questions, let me try and answer this one ... hmmm… the white shawl, you must use that for prayers … the leaves-wrapped-round-the stick and lemon-looking fruit, hard to tell what all that is but I’ll take a quick guess, something to do with the high holidays, which leaves the M16 totally out of place.

I’ll take a pass on the krembo since I’ve never tasted it but from here I liked its packaging … I was able to try and read it with my pitiable Hebrew and was like …. Krraaaeeembo. :)

Have a peaceful Sabbath.

Posted by: kakarizz | Oct 21, 2005 12:55:33 PM

nrg... Thanks for the clarification. I should probably be careful what I wish for, but I envy you your Norwegian weather. I hate hot weather and the high point of my year used to be my annual winter mountain climbing trip with a friend (we used to climb Mount Madison in the New Hampshire Presidential range every year). I even tried to get a spot in the FjallRaven Polar a few years ago but I didn't get in. Enjoy the frost and ice!

Lioness... You didn't get Krembos on Kibbutz! You must not have been here in the winter then. They are everywhere!!!

Mike... Um, Correct me if I'm wrong... but the 4 species are also a biblical commandment. :-) Moadim L'Simcha.

Shabtai... No idea. Any historians out there want to help me out with this one?

Kakarizz... The four species that are 'waved' during the holiday of sukkot are 1. The lulav (palm branch), Etrog (citron), Hadassim (myrtle branches) and Aravot (willow branches). The white shawl (as you called it) is a tallit... and yes, it is worn during morning prayers. Good guess on the M16. :-)

Posted by: David | Oct 21, 2005 1:16:44 PM

I think that the techelet tzitit don't belong ;)

Posted by: safranit | Oct 21, 2005 2:04:19 PM

Great photo, even though it is a heavy subject.

As for the Krem-Bo, here's my guess:
"Krem" is Cream/Creme - although I'm pretty sure it's not a Hebrew word it's been borrowed for everything from dessert topping to hand lotion.
and "Bo" indicates the location of said cream
It's sort of a descriptive name but catchier than "Hey! there is a creamy center to this thing!"

This is sounding like another "beefroll" I hope I'm not way out in left field.

Posted by: Shifra | Oct 21, 2005 2:49:45 PM

Here are a couple of pretty extensive articles about the krembo phenomenon (in Hebrew):



Posted by: Dave | Oct 21, 2005 3:11:58 PM

Hey! You have tekhelet on your talit! **cue twilight zone music** I've got that too. I guess all I'm missing is the rifle.

[For those who have no clue what I'm talking about, the links explain. The thread of blue, commanded in Numbers 15:38-39, is a Biblical commandment which Jews were unable to do for millenia, and was reintroduced just a few years ago. It's a fascinating story that weaves religion, molecular biology, and archeology, and is just another reason that my favorite color is blue.]

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Oct 21, 2005 3:58:51 PM

I am guessing the M16 too but for it's somberness. You had just mentioned that you must now always carry your weapon and that even eating in the sukkah may not be safe. It this your way of driving home the imagery?

Krembo...they sell something like that here but they are not sold indivisually. It's in the cookie/snack section of the grocery store. Sorry,I just can't think of the name.

Posted by: Jaime | Oct 21, 2005 4:38:54 PM


krem-bo --> kol-bo.
"cream inside/in it"; typically israeli construct. Krem, let me indulge in wild speculation, has been adapted from the European patissiers coming with one of the earlier Aliyot.

Funny: hachi israeli she jesh. For once, this isn't true, because isn't falaffel hachi israeli she jesh? And what about non-Israeli krembos? They're selling them here in 12/24 packs, they used to be sold per piece at kiosks long, long time ago. Our nephews were in krembo heaven when they were here in summer; white choc, dark choc, milk choc, coconut sprinkles, hazelnut sprinkles, sugar sprinkles...
The Israeli coinage, though, is far more politically correct, since here, they used to be "Negerkuss"/"Mohrenkopf" [uh...afro kiss/moore's head, to be very careful]. They've been renamed into "choco kiss". Damn colonialism.

Posted by: mademoiselle a. | Oct 21, 2005 4:54:00 PM

Oh, and just before I hear the first "See, typically German racism!" things ... the French supposedly invented the krembo before 1900 and...named it "tête de nègre". German patissiers adapted it shortly thereafter [1892].

Posted by: mademoiselle a. | Oct 21, 2005 5:04:08 PM

Chag Sameach and good shabbos

Posted by: Jack | Oct 21, 2005 5:04:13 PM

I see you follow the minhag ashkenaz and don't wear tefillin on chol hamoed. (never took you for a chossid anyway)Hopefully you'll be able to enjoy the rest of yom tov without incident.

Posted by: Jewish Blogmiester | Oct 21, 2005 5:11:32 PM

You can buy Krembo, partially fossilized, in Shop-Rite on Route 18 in East Brunswick, NJ. (Can also buy M16 ammo in a nearby Wal-Mart).

Posted by: Alan T | Oct 21, 2005 5:52:29 PM

Hey Alan,

I know that Shoprite... I knew they had Milkis but not Krembo- I'll look for their stale goodness next time I'm out that way...

Posted by: Shifra | Oct 21, 2005 6:14:46 PM

I've always wondered - do people who wear techeilet on their tallit also do so on the tallit kattan?

Also, I've seen the techeilet thread wrapped a couple of ways - like yours, sort of all throughout, and also just between knots - jsut as a sub for the long string that wraps around the all-white kind...

Also, Bean, who are we kidding - you have a rifle as well.

Posted by: Ralphie | Oct 21, 2005 7:32:33 PM

I'm picturing myself in the house we lived in until the age of 10. My mother used to go to Israel a few times a year to visit her parents. After that, we had krembos for months.

Later on, when we become spoiled and rotten, krembo just wasn't special enough to be deemed the gift she brought from Israel. Then it became "What did you bring us? Just krembo? (scowl)

Posted by: Shevy | Oct 21, 2005 7:46:47 PM

Thought you might want to know that the translator of Harry Potter into Hebrew translated as "Crembo" that Muggle candy that Professor Dumbeldor was so fond of in Harry Potter book 1.

Posted by: Andy | Oct 23, 2005 11:03:24 AM

Great pics and post. Our kitat konenut only has 1 short M16...the rest are long. Just goes to show you the preferential treatment of the Gush over the Shomron...


We went techelet snorkling with Moiz on thursday at Chof Dor. Was tons of fun! Picture coming soon...

Posted by: Jameel Rashid | Oct 23, 2005 11:19:01 AM

Safranit... Oh my yes they belong. After so many centuries that we haven't had the knowledge/ability to add the blue thread to the corners of the Tallit it seems silly not to!

Shifra... That sounds reasonable (or as reasonable as anything I would have come up with on a guess). :-)

Dr. Bean... Two of my long-time friends (and now neighbors here in Efrat) are the driving force behind the resurgence of Tekhelet (Dr. Ari Greenspan and Dr. Baruch Sterman). Anyone interested in finding out more on this subject should go here.

Jaime... I know what you're talking about but I can't think of it either!

Mademoiselle a. ... Funny, not only do I not think of you as German (even after all this time) but after reading your comment it never ocurred to me that there might be a racist conotation. I guess I'm either not sensitive enough to the PC issues with old names/titles or I'm just a bigot. Whatever.

Jack... Right back atcha.

Jewish Blogmiester... Yes, just one of the minhagim in my mixed bag of traditions (kacha zeh when you're a ba'al tshuvah).

Alan T... Who says New Jersey isn't great?!

Ralphie... It is not required that you put tekhelet on all garments just because you do one. (or so my Rav told me). I have mine tied according to the tradition of the Rambam (and the Yemenites). Since I didn't inherit a particular tradition from my family I did a little research and found this to be the oldest documented way of tying the threads.

Shevy... How foolish we all were as kids. :-)

Andy... Hmmm... neat. thanks.

Jamil Rasheed... actually mine is a long M16 with an adjustable stock (it makes it easier to hold while wearing thick body armor).

Posted by: David | Oct 23, 2005 11:39:20 AM

David: We were told we can't add on the adjustable stock, on pain of getting arrested by the Hagmar. Yes, the body armour is a pain, and getting the stock in the center under your chin is a real trick.

Posted by: Jameel Rashid | Oct 23, 2005 1:08:38 PM

it never ocurred to me that there might be a racist conotation. - there clearly is in the original naming, but as I said, the Israeli version is so politically correct and nicer too. I think it indeed goes together with 1) when these things were invented and 2a)where they were invented and 2b) where they were adapted soon thereafter. The long century wasn't only long, but it was also a century of colonialism. Funny how ideas survive even though we claim we're rationally over them. [we=the collective we].

Someone in this household just told me that back at school, they would eat krembo-breadrolls: take a fresh breadroll, slice open, put a crembo in between, squeeeeeze, enjoy. But someone in this household also had Shahar choco spread sandwiches sprinkled with salt long before even that... ;)

Posted by: mademoiselle a. | Oct 23, 2005 1:37:43 PM

Mike is right IMHO, since the 4 species are only a biblical commandment on the first day.

Posted by: Simon | Oct 23, 2005 2:44:18 PM

You can read more about techelet on my blog today:


And I'll have to post a pic of my rifle too ;-)

Posted by: Jameel Rashid | Oct 23, 2005 3:14:22 PM

Shifra: Some people wear on tallit gadol and katan (I do that -- tho' its very expensive).

Teppen: YOu aren't friends with Joel Guberman? Only Ari and Baruch?

Posted by: Jameel Rashid | Oct 23, 2005 10:55:20 PM

everything else aside... YAY KREMBO!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Faye | Oct 24, 2005 12:34:19 AM

Re: 4 species being Biblical -- only on the first day. After that, it's a rabbinic obligation. Since you're posting a picture, I'm assuming this was not from Yom Tov (the first day, in which no work is permitted).

Posted by: Mike Miller | Oct 26, 2005 2:59:26 PM

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