Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Yom Kippur in review

Yesterday was Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of repentance. On this day we ask for forgiveness for all the bad things we did the previous year and also forgive others for their wrongdoings. I really enjoy going to synagogue now; I find the sermon generally interesting, the music beautiful and following in the traditions of my ancestors reassuring.

I went for the morning adult service and my brother showed up in the afternoon with all of our little kids for the children's service. The sight of my dark-haired daughter and her two very blond cousins all snuggled up during the service made me teary eyed. Even the rabbi commented on it.

Last evening we hosted Break the Fast. Most Jews fast on Yom Kippur so at the end we do one of our favorite things: eat.

We had 32 to the house, more than half children. It's a fairly easy meal to do -- dairy only and things like fruit, bagels, lox and cream cheese, kugels and cakes. Dave's favorite is Cheese Blintz Souffle so I found his mother's recipe. It went fast.

Cheese Blintz Souffle
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 1/2 c sour cream
  • 1 T orange juice
  • 1 dozen cheese blintzes
  • 2 T butter, melted
Butter baking dish. Set blintzes in dish in single layer. Mix remaining ingredients together and pour over blintzes. Bake 1 hour at 350F. Serve hot.

My Mormon friends Paige and Celia have a fascination for all things Jewish so I invited them and their families, too. There are a lot of similarities between Jews and Mormons, which I'll encourage Paige to blog about. They showed the appropriate amount of enthusiasm at the amount and type of food although I'm not sure if Celia was more impressed with the gluttony or my walk-in closet with its entire wall of meticulously organized shoes. The picture here is of the three of us. I look 12. For those of you who have never seen a shofar before, I am holding one. And this is the leftover food, not at all representative of the initial spread.

Fall arrived overnight. Not seemingly overnight but really and truly, overnight. It was over 100F Sunday and on Monday the high here was in the 70s. So much for me washing the patio furniture thinking we'd dine al fresco last night ...


Paige said...

You do look 12. It's awesome. Now I have to Wiki dairy only at Yom Kippur because I had no idea! I was wondering where the bacon and pork chops were.

Sara Singer said...

Good for you that you can still look 12 in a photo! Thanks for the great recap of your holiday. Glad it was a good one. I might make the cheese blintz souffle for Rena when they're here in Dec. Would you classify it as a breakfast dish or a dessert?