Monday, April 23, 2007


Well the second siren just went off marking Rememberance Day. Still sad. If you ever want to really know what Israel is all about come here around Pessach time. That got us out of Egypt. Then two weeks later we have Yom HaShoah remembering the six million who were killed in the Holocaust. Then a week after that we have Yom HaZikaron, Rememberance Day for our fallen.

A lot to put into three weeks, don't you think? But that is who we are...who we were...and who we will be.

But our Founding Fathers (and Golda) were very clever. They knew that no one could ever bounce back from the memories of mourning our dead, so they attatched Yom Ha'Azmaut, Independence Day to the tail end of Rememberance Day.

Tonight at eight o'clock everyone will be glued to the television watching the ceremony at Har Herzl. Within sixty minutes the country slowly goes from mourning to celebration as we understand how all our dead helped us get and save our country and celebrate their sacrifice.

And then there goes the diet. Tomorrow everyone will be at a picnic. The entire country will smell of steak and hamburgers and chicken being cooked on charcoal grills or mangals.

Every park, every garden, every backyard will have a mangal going and the spices added to the meat will depend on where your family came from.

Cumin, hawayaj, paprika, baharad, turmeric, as well as other traditional spices will be added to onions and garlic and boy oh boy if you weren't hungry before you stepped out of the house you sure will be the moment you open your door or window.

In my husband's family we keep it simple. Meat, more meat and a little more meat. And just to make it go down easier I make a huge bowl of arabic salad. That and a few pitot and forget about watching your weight or cholesterol.

Every year the family congregates at my brother-in-law's house. He has a great place in Ein Kerem with a full backyard and jacuzzi off to one corner. The babies love to play in the water and slowly but surely the men go in to join them.

Here is our menu for tomorrow. Arab salad consists of tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions cut up into teeny tiny little pieces and then sprinkled with salt, lemon juice and, if you like, olive oil.

We have steaks, lamb chops, hot dogs for the kids, hamburgers, and I'm making turkey kabobs and meat kabobs. Added to that marinated chicken wings...Rena gave me the marinade...olive oil, crushed rosemary, and a little lemon juice. She's bringing her huha chocolate chip merangue cookies...don't ask. Oh, and finally we also have chicken livers.

That's what we are bringing. My other brothers-in-law will probably bring lamb fat and chicken hearts. My sister-in-law will bring stuff and probably more salads.

Some people make stuffed grape leaves, and potato salad and cole slaw and hummus.

Not us. We pig out...I mean, we stick to stuffing ourselves with meat. After all, why waste stomach space with potato salad when you can eat another lamb chop instead?

This year we all sat down at the shiva house and decided not to postpone the chance of meeting again but this time for a happy occasion.

Personally, I am thrilled as the family needs to heal and being all together will do a lot to close some wounds.

I am not going to take 'before and after' shots, even if I did know how to put them on my blog, which I don't...sigh. So you will have to take my word for it when I tell you that on Tuesday, I will not count calories. And on Wednesday, I will not get on the scale.

Lamb chops and steaks my friend. Grilled on a mangal...with family and friends all around. Now what could be better than that?

I want to take a second to thank my friend Muse (Me-Ander) for writing such a special blog about our recent loss. Please go visit her blog. I can't seem to add the link so please find her on my list at the right.

Happy Yom Ha'Azmaut my dear friends.

Have a great day...stay safe...and thanks for dropping in.


At 3:18 PM, Blogger torontopearl said...

"Not us. We pig out...I mean, we stick to stuffing ourselves with meat. After all, why waste stomach space with potato salad when you can eat another lamb chop instead?"

Marallyn, are you sure you didn't steal this line from my husband...or his brothers? Meat eaters all the way.

Enjoy your family. Enjoy the celebrations. "B'teavon"!

At 5:35 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

haha pearl...if they are israelis then we are probably related :)))))

At 5:53 PM, Blogger Pen of Jen said...

I like how you are still busy back and forth with relatives.

It all sounds too yummy, and by the way...What diet?

I thought diet was a word banned in the 20th century!!

At 6:19 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

hi jennifer...oops you are right...banned the word is officially banned lol

At 6:32 PM, Blogger torontopearl said...

Marallyn: Hubby and his brothers are israeli AND have a sephardic background -- a double whammy!

At 7:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yom Ha'atzmaut... the only holiday in Israel where it's an almost Halachic imperative to eat meats, roasted over an open fire.

Even without the Beit haMikdash...

At 10:14 PM, Blogger wendy said...

I like the idea of a day of mourning turning into a celebration of the sacrifice for those left. That is really beautiful.

At 11:38 PM, Blogger Geologychick said...

No more diets! Sounds too yummy! :)

At 11:39 PM, Blogger Geologychick said...

No more diets! Sounds too yummy! :)

At 12:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your "can-do" positive attitude is absolutely amazing, as well as refreshing!!! You are quickly becoming my hero, once again!!! Bon appetite!!!

At 12:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have just made me TERRIBLY homesick! Terribly terribly.


September is coming (if not before).

- John

At 7:48 AM, Blogger Batya said...

Thank you for the mention.

Actually, according to the Atkins diet, if you skip the pittot and cake, you'll be doing well!

At 10:27 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

yahooooooo pearl...i knew we were mishpocheh lol...israeli sphards...the best of the best...happy yom ha'azmaut my dear friend

At 10:34 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

shalom kmelion...thanks for dropping in...i tried to leave a comment on your blog aslo but it wouldn't let me in...any ideas? happy yom ha'azmaut

At 10:37 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

thanks helps break the wall of saddness...have a great day and thanks for dropping in

At 10:38 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

shalom shelly...your comment made my day...yahoooo

At 10:38 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

john honey...thank goodness you're coming simply hasn't been the same without you...miss you oodles...and so does the group...we talk about you all the time...come home my dear friend

At 10:39 AM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

shalom muse...i think i just fell in love with aitkins lolol...hope you are having a brilliant yom ha'atzmaut

At 1:13 PM, Blogger Portrait of Peter said...

May your celebrations be rewarded in the delight of the food and above in the beauty of warm family and friends - always around you.

Blessings to you all.



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