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April 12, 2006


I am off to do what I imagine every son of a Presbyterian minister will be doing this afternoon: Making matzoh-ball soup.

Happy Passover, to those who celebrate it. And happy Wednesday to everyone else.


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Dave, I had no idea you were a minister's son. That explains so much.

Billy Ray was a preacher's son
And when his daddy would visit he'd come along...

Happy Wednes...waitaminute....I had no idea Presbyterians made matzoh-ball soup. I love that stuff!

Well, "Shalom" from a good Episcopalian, then!

Happy Wednesday.

Happy Wednesday.

Happy Wednesday and pass the matzoh-ball soup. You will be bringing us some right? Right?!

Happy Matzoh-Ball Soup Day, Dave, from a Unitarian Universalist who is attending a Seder tonight.

Dave, Happy Wednesday from another PK. Or as some uppity types call themselves, "TO" (Theologians Offspring).

Happy Happy. Have a good weekend too!

I'll have the matzoh-ball soup, but I'll pass on the Manischewitz. A nice pinot-grigio for me.

Shalom, and, Blessed be!

Freidik mitvokh to you too, Dave!

(with pre-apologies to everyone who is about to tell me I did that wrong)

Matzoh Ball Soup = the Jewish penicillin! Nothing better when you're feeling poorly.

Just remember to add 1/4 cup whiskey for every cup of chicken stock.

(Scottish Presbyterian recipe)

Wednesday? You call THIS Wednesday?

Goyim? Making matzoh? Oy, I've never heard of such a thing. When you're done futzing with your little balls, be a mensch and tell us how it turned out.

When you're done futzing with your little balls, be a mensch and tell us how it turned out.


Shalom, y'all.

Mazel tov, Dave. Does Sophie sing along with "Daiyenu" yet?

Happy Wednesday!
(and the middle of Holy Week for us Catholics)

Happy Hangover?!?!

OHHH PASSover - my apologies!

Happy nonsectarian-whitebread-generic-nonoffensive holidays to all!!
God bless you.

& if the soup thing works out, you can train for a career as a free-lance Mohel.

could this technically be maundy thursday eve?

*snork* @ Coast!

"Son of a Presbyterian minister" was a swear in my neighborhood growing up.

Also, Happy Passover, to those who celebrate it.

I'm pretty sure Dave just wished everyone who doesn't celebrate Passover an unhappy one. Well, he did offer a happy Wednesday as a consolation prize, which I think is almost worse.

"Ma'am, I regret to inform you that your son was in an accident."

"Oh no!"

"Yeah. We found his Prius wrapped around an oak tree."

"That's terrible."

"Yes ma'am. There were some gerbils in his pants."

"Is he okay?"

"No ma'am. He and the gerbils died at the scene."


"And he ran over, um, everyone else you know, killing them too."

"BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Oh son of a presbyterian minister!"

"So..well...happy Wednesday I guess."


Shalom everyone I am going to listen to my favorite Hasidic Jewish reggae rapper Matisyahu in honor of the holiday.
And for those of you who are asking yes there is a Hasidic jewish reggae rapper and he is quite good.

One more thing

As is the age old tradition tonight a son will ask his father "Why is tonight differnt from all other nights"

The Father will answer "Because Dave Barry cooked something other than a microwave hot dog or Chinesse Take Out"

So what do you do with the rest of the matzoh?

*snork* @ C-bol and ernie

Wednesday. Why did it have to be Wednesday?

I will second Addicted's review of Matisyahu. {mah'-tiss-yah''-who)

You can best believe that--he's a matzoh man!
You would never guess he--was Presbyteri-an!
Staying up on Mondays--to watch our favorite show!
Blogging in the mornings--go, man, go!


Aw, you guys know what to sing...

Sorry, Insom.

Whitebread holiday? That had better be unleavened white bread.

Ernie G -
you make
Matzoh brie, which you do by soaking the matzoh in scrambled eggs (like making French toast) and then cook it as an omelet!

L'Chaim, Dave!

Semi-off-topic, but still funny favorite stanza from "Pretty fly for a Rabbi" - "Weird" Al Yankovic:

When he's doing a Bar Mitzvah, now that you shouldn't miss
He'll always schlep on down for a wedding or a briss
They say he's got a lot of chutzpah, he's really quite chhip
The parents pay the moyl and he gets to keep the tip!

Since when are Wednesdays Matzoh-Ball making days? I've been making mine on Saturdays - I feel so foolish...

Happy Passover!
and Happy Hump Day! (it's the middle of the week ya know!:)

Happy Matzoh Day, Dave, and Happy everything else to everyone else. I sing with a multicultural bunch of folks who celebrate "EastOver" every year: we have brisket and ham (vey is mir!), and go through the whole Haggadah, with the youngest (who's about 42) fulfilling his role very nicely.
I'm especially fond of the dayenu part, because it's kind of the inverse of my mother-in-law kvetching: "If there had been no parking place, THAT would have been bad enough. But the stupid little shiksa clerk was on the phone (a trolley car should grow on her head), and wouldn't get off. That would have been bad enough, but when I got the store manager over (the shmendrick!), all he could say was, 'I'm sure there was a misunderstanding.'"
etc, etc, etc.

Family rituals! Ya gotta love'em...

Happy Everything, to everyone. Then, let's switch just for fun

*snork* at everybody - 'speshly Betsy.

(we did the Merry Channukka thing, but I LIKE the EastOver idea)

MMmmmmmmmm... Matzoh Ball Soup.... its great for what ails you. My neighbor/Jewish health care practicioner called her chickensoup (space omitted on purpose) "crowded" 'cuz it had so stuff in it. mmmmmmmmmmm *drool*

Mmmmm, matzoh ball soup...

I just called my parents and they were arguing about the matzoh balls for tonight-- whether they should be "floaters" or "sinkers." This could make or break the Seder...

My husband & I were raised Presbyterian but we sent our kids to a Conservative Jewish preschool. The teachers talked a lot about Jewish holidays (who knew there were so many?) and we learned much about Judaism.

Naturally, the kids wanted to have Seder at Passover. We did have Seders but we didn't keep kosher. We developed our own tradition of eating Thai following the Seder.

pssst, anybody got a "much" I could borrow??

I went to a sort-of Seder once--put on at a protestant church. Very moving. The connections between Christianity and her judaic roots are often underappreciated.
Also, being familiar with the "What makes this night different from all other nights?" question-and-answer made that line in the Passion movie quite stirring for me. Again, made the connections between Christianity and Judaism for me.

Happy Passover, blessed Triduum (google it), and a Happy Easter!

Ah, the Unitarian Church...where the kids of all good Pagans learn about Passover...

Happy Pesach, Everyone!
Mazel Tov on the matzah balls, Dave, I haop they turn out better than the charosets. I strongly third the Matsiyahu review, he is outstanding!

Hooray for Matisyahu. We play him at our radio station.

Hi, Candy - if you're praising us, thanks. If you're belittling us, peace.

Last time I went to a Seder, I was six years old...all I really remember is being force-fed horseradish and crying because of it...

Happy Passover to Jewish folks,

Happy Holy/Maundy Thursday to Western Christians,

Happy Thursday to everyone else.

(My own personal Holy Week is coming up next week, which no one knows about and hence ignores.)

I like horseradish.

This is a very enlightening thread ... I once attended a Christian-run "explanation" of Seder and such, covering the event for the local paper ... I learned a lot, but not nearly as much as I have here ...

Which brings up that very old question: Why can't we just all get along?

Merely wishin' ...


Nametag too long ...

@ the end it's spposed to say "... my favorite uncles is a Presbyterian Theologian of some renown ..."

Merely sayin' ... and proud to claim him as kinfolk, and not ashamed of my potpourri of religious background, either ...

Happy Holidays to all. When he was 8 my son decided he was Jewish with a Christian background, so he could celebrate Hannukah and Christmas.

I was raised a military protestant (Methodist & Presbyterian, depending on where we lived), became an Episcopalian in college, and now I'm pretty ecumenical. My daughter went to a Catholic h.s., and living in So Fla all my friends were Jewish, and I love Buddhism.

My Jewish neighbor taught me to make chicken soup. She never said anything about Matsoh balls (although I have heard the query sinkers or floaters).

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