This blog relates to holiness or Kedusha in time.
We just came out of a three day holiday. On a most basic level it was about food. In the most lofty spiritual sense it’s about G-d granting man a lease for the coming year and to work towards getting an excellent performance review at the end.
The following dialogue is a conversation between a yound boy and his grandmother. As a grandmother these kinds of conversations are among our most cherished conversations.
The “me” is a boy living in Israel and the Babbi is in America.
Me: Do you think that the world has a beginning, a middle time, Babbi and an end like a person?
Babbi: That is an amazing question. You could say that when the Greek world was in love with the human body – it was the world’s youth. The goal of life was to satisfy our urges.
Our sages suffered through those days when the body and it’s desires were worshiped. We are not meant to do that. As we say the body is the temple to hold the spirit – the pure Neshama, spirit. That is why we say that it is only fitting to dress the body on a respectful way. How can we expect children to dress respectfully if all they see in the papers are people with much of their bodies exposed? There is a prophesy that in the end of day the princes of Judah will teach the masses in theaters. What do you think that means?
Me: It looks like we are at the end of the earth’s life. I think it means that the rabbis went to see the people and taught them torah and to feel good about themselves and didn’t wait for the people to come to them.
Babbi: Your answer makes a lot of sense. What do you think is the “End of Days”?
Me: Was it the end of the baseball day games when only the night games are left?
Babbi: Well, that’s a good comparison. When only a few games are left, there’s not much time left to catch up. There are signs that the “End of Days” are approaching. Not much time left. We are living in the old age of the Universe. Old people worry a lot. People are afraid that they don’t have a lot of time. They start to feel anxious. At least I see many people in America worrying about events, each day brings word of even greater disasters.
Me: Maybe people think that by having lots of things to play with they think maybe they can make their life longer and not think about the end. Me personally, I have lots of days, so many that I can’t count them.
Babbi: How can a yid make his life longer? And keep him young?
Me: Only by doing mitzvot. I see that happening in Israel. We don’t only count the miracles of the Kipot Barzel (the Iron Dome). I drew a cartoon about our unity and it will be in the next few posts.
Mung Bean Hummus: I hope to try this with mung bean flour-fun to make with your grandchildren.
1 1/2 cups / 7 1/2 oz cooked (steamed ) and drained mung beans
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup / 120 ml tahini paste
1 large clove garlic, peeled & smashed
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
~1/3 cup water
handful of fresh parsely
To serve (any or all of the following): shallot or olive oil drizzle, fried shallots, minced chives, zaatar, bakes pita strips*, cut up finger salad.
Start by adding the mung beans to a food processor and pulse until a fine, fluffy crumb develops, really go for it – at least a minute. Scrape the bean paste from the corners once or twice, then add the lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and sea salt. Blend again, another minute or so. Don’t skimp on the blending time, but stop if the beans form a dough ball inside the processor. At this point start adding the water a splash at a time. Blend, blend, blend until the hummus is smooth and light, aerated and creamy. Taste, and adjust to your liking – adding more lemon juice or salt, if needed. Serve with as many of the following as you like: shallot, lemon, or olive oil, fried shallots, chives, veggies, and/or zaatar. It’s great with toasted whole wheat pita or naan chips.*
Makes about 2 cups.
*Cut (or tear) whole wheat pita bread (or naan bread) into strips, wedges, or chunks. Toss well with a few glugs of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt. Arrange in a single layer