After an absolutely freezing and snowy winter, March has finally arrived and spring is on its way. On March 9th we set our clocks ahead, which will make the days longer. Then the 20th is the first day of that magical season, and in between is the joyous holiday of Purim, which begins the evening of the 15th.
Imagine Academy recently held its first salad tasting event in the home of Vivian and Hymie Gindi. The focus of the event was to promote the upcoming, long awaited, hard covered “Salad Cookbook, Greens and Grains.”
1. Us Time: You may spend lots of time with your spouse but is it quality time? Whether it’s a weekly date night, a few overnights, or an extended vacation, make sure that you have time where you can focus exclusively on each other. While it may be a challenge financially or difficult if you have young children, it’s crucial to do your best to make this happen.
When I was a child my dad would tell me stories about how he and his little brother would spend an entire day at the movies for fifteen cents. My mom’s family frequented a restaurant called the Automat where they could buy little plates of food for a nickel each. These prices still sound unbelievable. Yet, now, at 51, I tell my daughter about the three big pretzels I could by at the mall for a quarter, when I was a child. Today, those same pretzels would cost $7.50.
Our culture, deeply uncomfortable with death, dying, and grieving, encourages us to stifle our feelings. Mourners are advised: keep busy, be strong, give it time, he’s in a better place, time heals all wounds, snap out of your depression and get out more. They’re told that they are never given more than they can handle and to keep a stiff upper lip (I imagine that keeping a stiff upper lip is a person’s attempt to quiet the trembling lower lip).
Purim is the festival which commemorates the breathtaking Jewish victory over the murderous designs of Haman. It is a story of great courage and self-sacrifice, first and foremost by Queen Esther and Mordechai, and ultimately by the whole Jewish nation. This joyous festival reveals the hidden hand of G-d in the everyday events.
Over the past few months, students at the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School have been taking their education outside the classroom. As the High School’s Head of School Rabbi Dr. Raymond Harari explained, “That’s who we are: engaging with society in ways that put our values into action and allow us to learn, in turn.”
I knew he was growing up. Between his bar mitzvah year, high school applications, and a new deeper, unrecognizable voice, it’s impossible to ignore. But the “aha” moment—the one that made me realize just how mature he was becoming—happened the night he came to me and said, “Dad, I want to run for class president.” Aside from admiring his confidence, I realized in that instant, that my once young son had morphed into a bright and very capable young man.
If there’s a gene for throwing amazing dinner parties, I didn’t get one. Yet, I’ve always wanted to throw one; I just never knew where to start. It shouldn’t seem so daunting, I have made many a Seder and Shabbat dinners, yet a dinner party seems completely different. I want to throw an elegant and sophisticated dinner party.