Monday, December 7, 2009

G-d got me into a car accident.

I couldn't think of a clever title, but really I did get into a minor fender bender coming home from Shabbat last Friday.

But besides that I had a meeting with Maggie, the interfaith/outreach counselor at CRC(Central Reform Congregation), to talk about my conversion. She was really easy to talk to, she has one of those voices that instantly makes you feel as if you have known her for ages, so it was very easy to talk about these things that are very personal.

We talked about who I was and I believe her actual question was, "Why Judaism?". So I went on to explain how I came to find Judaism, and why I feel that CRC is where I need and want to be. She then went over the process of converting, which will take a year maybe more. She explained that it takes a year because through the year and all the holidays is the Jewish story, and through really experiencing that story I will be able to make a truly informed decision.

And as if I wasn't in school enough, I have to take a 16 week Intro to Judaism class as well as a Beginning Hebrew Class. I have already been attending services regularly, but I will begin attending a Torah study group this Friday. She also gave me a list of books to read, so I will try and get some of those soon.

It is going to be a lot of work, but I am anxious to start this journey.

Sorry no pictures of food this time.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Challah at ya Goy!

Chanukkah is only about a week away! So, since I don't know any other Jews here in town too well, I have invited a few people over to my house next Saturday for Latkes and other Jew foods. In preparation for what certinely may have been a disaster, I decided to do a test run of my Challah making skills. Challah is a yeast bread that is braided, and brushed with egg to give it a crispy outer shell. Oh, and it has a ton of honey baked into it.

Challah is eaten on Shabbat and holidays, and is a double loaf that represents the two portions of manna that would fall from the heavens on the Israelites as they wandered the desert for forty years after the Exodus. Manna did not fall on the sabbath or holidays; so a double portion was given.

There's your Jewish history for the day. And now back to the purpose of this blog, miraculously I made two damn near perfect loaves of challah (thank you YouTube). I don't know how it happened, but it did. We will just have to see if I can reproduce this a week from now. The quality of my cooking seems to stick to a day to day basis, and usually either on the side of awesome or terrible. So we will see, until next time, Shalom.