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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-09-05

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"I've liked photography since I was
a kid. After moving to Fox Run,
I began taking pictures around
campus, and now we've started a
Fox Run photography club."

Nina Greenstein of Southfield prepares for Rosh Hashanah with her apples
and her "honey," 8-month-old Izzy.

You Are What You Eat

Holiday fare sparks word play
that gives you food for thought.

Roche! Burstyn

Despite Jews having many tradi-
tions based around eating and foods,
I've noticed that none are centered
oes any holiday bring on the
around breakfast or dessert foods.
droll food jokes more than
Perhaps it's because breakfast foods
Rosh Hashanah? It's tradi-
have somewhat negative connota-
tion to eat apple dipped in honey for
tions: cereal goes so well with "killer;"
a "sweet new year" and a fish head
someone who's about to get into deep
because "we want to be like the head
trouble will say "I'm toast;" and the
and not the tail."
straggler at the table with egg on his
Why stop there? It can't just be my
face is hardly respected. "Flakes" are
household that gets out unlikely food
often considered dim ... although it is
combinations like a fig, rice, lettuce
a mitzvah to be "cheeri-o."
head and olive to propose things like,
As for dessert foods, no Jewish fam-
"God, help us figure out how to rice to
ily worth their salt skips that course
all our challenges and let us all-live in
often. Still, I understand the frustrated
peace and harmony."
parents who might try to avoid the
And, of course, my husband's sitting blueberry crumble with a double
there praying fervently over his raisin
scoop of ice cream (imagine the sym-
celery. That's also when a kid will say
bolism in that!), but why not add extra
that everyone is nuts and someone
swirls of whipped cream to the dessert
else will point out that we're on a roll.
of the henpecked spouse? Better yet,
Someone else will hold a can of peas
perhaps we should be serving every-
aloft and say, "Guess why I'm leaving
one an entire mini cake in the hope
the table!" It's all in good pun, er, I
that this year we "can have our cake
mean fun.
and eat it, too:' We should probably
Rosh Hashanah is a chance to reflect avoid Jell-o, though — it's weird and
on the saying "You are what you eat"
— although if we keep up with this
With all the added work the holi-
mind frame during Yom Kippur as
days bring, we should try to be cool as
well it should keep us pretty humble!
a cucumber. Don't bite off more than
Celebrations for the Jewish New
you can chew and things should stay
Year also include a new fruit, often
just peachy. Celebrating around the
a pomegranate, which is symbolic
holiday table with your loved ones is
of plenty. Things can get interesting
literally the best thing ever ... since
when you think about symbolism.
sliced bread ... challah anyhow.
After all, we also eat tzimmes on the
If being so corny isn't quite your
holidays and what do carrots remind
cup of tea, just know my heart's in
you of? They remind me of snowmen.
the right place (even if, after all these
Jews are a nation of contradictions.
holiday meals, my hips sure won't be.)
We tell our kids not to complain and
I invite you to fill your glass with spar-
then start every Shabbat and holiday
kling grape juice and raise it with me.
meal with a little w(h)ine; we tell them ',Chaim to all "Juice" everywhere! May
not to bear a grudge and then spend
everyone have a delicious and sweet
every Shabbat afternoon eating cholent New Year.
... aka stew. And are we trying to raise
Roche) Burstyn lives in Southfield.
a generation of wimpy kids? We sure
feed them a lot of chicken.

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