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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Post Purim Post

It seems like everyone else is doing it, so here's the treppenwitz post-Purim wrap-up:

1.  Every Purim I go over to my friend Ben Chorin's house at midnight for his traditional 'Rebbishe Tish'

For those who weren't raised around Hassidim, 'Tish' means table... but in this context it means a semi-formal gathering where a hassidic rebbe hosts his adherents at a long table and offers them deep words of enlightenment and delicious morsels of enheavyment. 

Every Purim, Ben presides over his tish wearing a fur streimel and long black coat and holds forth to a packed room of inebriated friends on a wide range of religious and political topics... some of them even coherently.  One of the much-anticipated events at the tish are the numerous phone calls Ben makes (on speaker-phone) to highly placed members of government and industry (both here and in the US).  Nobody knows how he manages to get the home and cell phone numbers of world leaders and VIPs from the news... but he has yet to disappoint.  There may still be repercussions from some of this year's calls so I won't mention the names.  Yet. 

All in all attending the tish is a wonderful experience, but not without some small logistical problems that have tripped me up in years past.  For instance, since the tish only gets underway after midnight, I tend to get home in the wee hours of the morning, three sheets to the wind, and end up going to sleep in my clothes. 

This year I solved this problem by showing up at the tish in my pajamas and bathrobe.  Not only did this allow me the rare luxury of sleeping in proper attire for the first Purim in recent memory... but I was so delighted with the unaccustomed comfort that I opted to attend synagogue in the morning still wearing my pajamas.  I think this may become a treppenwitz Purim tradition.

2.  Purim day brought with it such beautiful spring weather that Zahava and I couldn't bear the idea of keeping the family inside for the traditional meal.  So after the kids had made their rounds delivering Mishloach Manot (gift baskets of food) to our friends, we piled everyone into the car and drove over to a National Park (Begin Park) not far from where we live and had a sumptuous picnic lunch in a sun-dappled forest.

While we were there I got a phone call from Jameel (of the Muqata) asking where I was.  It turned out he was standing outside our front door with a gift basket of - what else? - waffles! I explained that we were only 15 minutes away and even offered to give him directions to where we were... but he still had miles to go - and waffles to deliver - before he slept (in other words, he crapped out on us).

For the record, we shared Jameel's waffles on Shabbat morning... and even cold they were among the best damned waffles I've ever had in my life.  Joe settler was apparently also on Jameel's list, so since I didn't get a chance to photograph the waffles, here are a couple of pictures I lifted from his site:

Jameel delivering waffles:


The (now) famous waffle Mishloach Manot:


I hope everyone who celebrated the holiday had as much fun as we did.

Posted by David Bogner on March 23, 2008 | Permalink


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"...that I opted to attend synagogue in the morning still wearing my pajamas. I think this may become a treppenwitz Purim tradition."

oh. no.


Posted by: zahava | Mar 23, 2008 11:06:28 AM


I'm sure David looked adorable in his jammies. I just hope he had the ones without the holes on.

And I hope he brushed his teeth.

Posted by: Baila | Mar 23, 2008 3:33:26 PM

at least he sleeps in pajamas!

Posted by: nikki | Mar 23, 2008 4:10:35 PM

Baila: He looks adorable in whatever he wears (or doesn't wear, as the case may be).... ;-) Which leads to:

Nikki: Oddly enough, Trep does own jammies, but seems to only wear them when preparing to : a) not have to bother undressing, b) knows he will have to get up in the middle of the night to attend to a child, spouse, pet, or... at least once a year, a tish. :-)

Posted by: zahava | Mar 23, 2008 4:24:42 PM

I just HAD to be in America for Purim this year. Just HAD to be.

Darn it! I missed Jameel's waffles!!

Oh well; I still got to see the whole Muqata clan last year on Purim.


David, you're one lucky man.

Have a great week.

Posted by: tnspr569 | Mar 23, 2008 5:21:36 PM

By the way, David, were the PJs your actual purim costume?

Posted by: tnspr569 | Mar 23, 2008 5:22:14 PM

zahava... Hey, you got to walk around for all of Purim in pajamas, why not me???

Baila... Well of course there's a hole in them... how else do I, well... you know...?

nikki... Only when I might need to go out of the house in the middle of the night or early morning. Think taking puppy out to make... bringing in the morning paper... driving a kid somewhere early in the morning, etc.

tnspr569... Hey, with all choices there are consequences. Being in galut means missing out on some things. :-) And no, they were not a costume... unless the gabbai in shul is asking... and then of course they are a costume!

Posted by: treppenwitz | Mar 23, 2008 5:30:47 PM

I was brought up in a non-Hassidic but Hamishe house, and I most certainly know what a tish is.

Even though it's quite a few years since I had a Yiddish conversation, I recently found myself listening to, but not watching, Holocaust survivors describing their experiences. It was only when I looked up and saw English subtitles that I found that they were actually speaking Yiddish. My brain had just automatically understood what I was hearing.

Posted by: chairwoman | Mar 23, 2008 6:30:32 PM

Punjabi suit ≠ pajamas.

'nuff said.

Posted by: zahava | Mar 23, 2008 6:36:26 PM

Can we just take a moment to be amused at how "Jameeel" is dressed as "Jameel" for Purim?!

- See, I'm SO over the fact that I didn't get a special waffle delivery...

Posted by: PP | Mar 23, 2008 7:43:55 PM

You know, you don't have to have the waffles cold on Shabbat morning. First, you can warm them on the oven-top if you have that kind of arrangement for the Cholent. And second, check out http://www.solarovens.org/ or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_ovens
which should be great in your part of the world. I would have bought one long ago if not for the fickleness of sunlight in the Midwest. The great thing about solar cooking is that you can cook on Shabbat- raw to steaming, no halacha problem, solar heat is 100% okay. And just imagine the neighbors' shock and awe!

Posted by: Barzilai | Mar 23, 2008 7:54:28 PM

Seeing the pictures and reading the stories makes me want to call the local Nefesh B'Nefesh office before next Purim..the cashier in CVS wished me a Happy Holiday today, and wasn't talkin' Shushan Purim..(sigh)

Posted by: Marsha in Stamford | Mar 23, 2008 8:54:23 PM

What? No Pictures? I mean really, we get pictures of Jameel but none of the PJs?

Posted by: orieyenta | Mar 24, 2008 5:02:57 AM

chairwoman... Most yiddish speakers (understanders) know what a tish is... but not all would automatically understand its use as a hassidic event. :-)

zahava... Sweetie, the only reason I brought it back from India was so I could see you walking around in public in your PJs. :-)

PP... Maybe if you updated your site more often you'd make his list. ;-) Seriously, the 'sphere could use some balance what with all us right wing nuts running the place.

Barzilai... Have you checked that with a competent halachic authority? and if so, who?

Marsha in Stamford... You should come. Life is like Purim here all year 'round. Really! NOT!!! :-)

orieyenta... If you want to see me in my PJs you'll just have to come for a shabbat when you all visit Israel. Shabbat morning at breakfast is prime PJ viewing time in our house. :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | Mar 24, 2008 4:31:44 PM

You're right to ask about my credentials.
Back in 1971, I sent a question on a closely related topic to HaRav Moshe Feinstein. His response is located in his responsa, Igros Moshe OC III:52. In 1977, I married his granddaughter, and I took advantage of the relationship to study with him and talk to him on this and many other topics. The bottom line is that he cites the Mishneh Berura in Biur Halacha OC 318:4 who says it is 100% OK to use a solar oven on Shabbat. Rav Moshe himself states it is better not to use solar heat (for things that are totally inedible when they are raw) because of those that disagree with the Mishneh Berura. His decisions are binding on me, since I asked him the question and am a member of the family, but in today's world, the Mishneh Berura is the premier halachic decisor, and you really can't go wrong relying on him.
So, unless you are a Feinstein, or you follow all the decisions of Rabbi Feinstein, you are in the clear relying on the Mishneh Berura. And even Rav Moshe allows it where the food you are putting in is edible before cooking, like eggs or water. The only case that would be problematic would be if you were to heat a piece of metal in the solar oven, and then use that as a griddle, that would be rabbinically prohibited, because it would appear, to the observer, that you may have heated the metal over a fire. But where it is obvious that the source of heat is the sun, it is 100% kosher to do on Shabbat.
They tell me that you can actually put water, rice and raw chicken into one of these things, and let it sit in good sunlight for a few hours, and serve steaming hot chicken casserole. I personally would rather watch someone else taste it first, but apparently these things are actually done.

Posted by: Barzilai | Mar 24, 2008 7:00:10 PM

Marsha, the same thing happen to us when we went to drop off our mishloah manot basket to my son's friend's house. Come to find out, we had the wrong house - they had moved away. As the kids were walking away, the woman smiled and shouted out - HAPPY (I thougth Purim was going to come out of her mouth) EASTER!!!

The kids stopped, seemed quite confused, shrugged their shoulders, said thank you, and continued on.

Posted by: Jaime | Mar 24, 2008 7:39:58 PM

Lifting stuff from my blog again, I see.

Posted by: JoeSettler | Mar 25, 2008 12:20:38 AM

Last year, hubby and I wore our terry bathrobes over sweats and tshirts and delivered pancakes, homemade apple-strawberry compote, maple syrup, pats of cheese and bags of choco.

Everyone who received them thanked us because they were sick of nosh and were wondering what to have before the Seudah.

Here;s a photo: http://tinyurl.com/yr25ko

Posted by: Pesky Settler | Mar 25, 2008 12:00:23 PM

i love this site.

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I have always wanted a compendium of novena prayers. Thank you for sharing all these prayers with us. It brings joy and happiness to everyone. I know, I do feel that way.o

Posted by: Timmy | Jun 20, 2008 7:48:15 PM

Magnificent collection of prayers - and I haven\'t begun to explore the rest of the website!

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