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High Holidays 5782

Gator Pam

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לְשָׁנָה טוֹבָה

L'shana Tovah!

Happy New Year!


First night's dinner was spent at the local CHABAD. For the salad course the rebbetzin served:

apples and honey


fish head

spinach salad with apples


baba ganooj with pomegranate perils

homemade shug


salmon skewers


Main course was:


green beans


carrot, sweet potato and apricot tzimmes


I didn't stay for dessert, as many of the food already served already had way more carbs than I typically eat. I'm sure honey cake was included.

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Last night's dinner for second night Rosh HaShannah was made as low carb as I could. After all, it is still a holiday! But, I think I did pretty well.



Round lupin flour challot



Two kinds of challot, plain and everything. The basic dough is the same.



Orange ginger chicken made in the Instant Pot over cauliflower rice. Served with roasted carrot and avocado salad with flavors reminiscent of tzimmes without the dried fruit and sweet potatoes.



Keto "Honey" Cake fresh out of the oven



Top view of the "honey" cake



"Honey" and Coffee Glaze on the "honey" cake



Glaze spread out so it isn't all pooled in the center of the cake.



Glaze hardened after sitting out for a few hours.



A slice of "honey" cake and an interior view.

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גְּמַר חֲתִימָה טוֹבָה

G'mar Chasima Tovah!


I learned and used a really easy braid technique for shaping a round challah this year involving six strands. Let me know if you're interested in learning it.


While I don't always do it, two challot are supposed to be made every Shabbos. Why not make them round? If you can find the time, go for it!

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Sharing this to inform, as I am grateful for any positive and well meaning sentiments. But, just in case there is anyone who may take offense to well intentioned greetings, I hope this explains why.


This was posted by Carolyn Burns on Facebook.


I'm sharing a message about the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, which is Wed. and Thursday of this week. NON-JEWS- READ this next paragraph:


A Big TIP: NEVER say "Happy Yom Kippur".


Nope... don't. The holiday previous to Yom Kippur was Rosh Hashana. Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year, where you would say Happy New Year... BUT Yom Kippur is a holiday spent reflecting on sins committed over the past year, and fasting... to be very mindful about this holy holiday. It is a Day of Atonement. Yom Kippur is not about being happy; it's about self-reflection.


Traditionally, Jews spend the holiday fasting and reflecting on sins committed over the past year. A prayer might say this: "Did I make amends with those I've wronged? Did I figure out what thought patterns and habits no longer serve me, that I need to let go of? Do I have a sense of how I will walk my path in this new year? I am imperfect, and because the gates of t'shuvah are never closed to those who continue to strive to grow through our imperfections. We hope the Jewish new year will bring us more opportunities for growth and that we will be able to rise to the challenges those opportunities present."


It is indeed respectful to share well wishes to your friends and colleagues who do observe. Appropriate best wishes would be, "Have an easy fast." "May you be sealed in the Book of Life."


“G’mar chatima tova” is the customary greeting on Yom Kippur. In English, it means “May you be sealed in the Book of Life.”

According to Jewish tradition, one's fate is decided on Rosh Hashanah and sealed on Yom Kippur. A simple Yom Kippur greeting - "Have an easy fast".


So, to our friends who observe, "Have an easy fast, and may you be sealed in the Book of Life."

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Break Fast after Yom Kippur was appetizing:


Smoked Whitefish

Lox from Costco

Herring in Cream Sauce

Bagels, keto crackers from Innofoods

Cream Cheese, Capers

Lettuce, Tomatoes, Sliced Raw Onion


Sukkot starts tomorrow night. One local CHABAD is doing a meal of soups in their Sukkah tomorrow night. The other is doing bar-be-cue in their Sukkah next Sunday.

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Thank you for the advice on the best wishes phrasing for Yom Kippur. I knew not to say “happy” but didn’t know what to replace it with. The new knowledge was used with several coworkers and a friend and they were all pleasantly surprised by me using a correct reference. Appreciate the wonderful insight.
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OOooo!  What great candles!  Are you going to use them for Hanukkah?   I'll come over.  We can sing and sing and sing.....(We Lutherans love to sing. It never lasts long enough.   :D)...and sing  and sing.....


hey Gator... are you ever going to join the secret santa exchange??  I keep hoping that I'll draw your name.

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OOooo! What great candles! Are you going to use them for Hanukkah? I'll come over. We can sing and sing and sing.....(We Lutherans love to sing. It never lasts long enough. :D)...and sing and sing.....

They are lovely, aren't they?

Unfortunately, they're not appropriate for Hanukkah. The shorter ones are 27 hour burning candles, used 4 times a year on specific holy days and also once a year on the Hebrew calendar anniversary of the passing of an immediate family loved one. The anniversary is called the yahrzeit, so they are commonly sold as "yahrzeit candles." Since this was for one of the four holy days, and all three adults in my household have lost immediate family members, we light quite a few.

The tall one in the middle is called a Neshama (soul) candle. It burns for seven days while one sits shivah the week after the funeral for an immediate family member. My landlord had lost his father earlier in the week, so we placed the yahrzeit candles around the Neshama candle at the appropriate time.

So, as you can see, they're not appropriate for Hanukkah. However, while it may be sacrilegious, I do use a fresh yahrzeit candles inside my jack-o'-lantern every year. It's inexpensive, long burning, and tends to be protected by from any breezes.

hey Gator... are you ever going to join the secret santa exchange?? I keep hoping that I'll draw your name.

Maybe next year. I'm still trying to recover from not having any income while the schools were closed or on limited staff, so no clerical staff was needed, during lockdown. My credit cards are maxed out and I'm barely getting by making minimum payments. Interest is killing me, but it was the only way I could pay for things for more than 18 months. Since school opened up this term, I've had substitute gigs, but pay is held back a full month. I'm hopeful I can keep working, build up my checking account balance a little, and then start paying more than the minimum payments on my credit cards.

As I said in the haiku thread, this year will only consist of gifts of love for family. I just can't swing anything else.

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