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Dear Temech Anglos, (From: email@example.com via responder.co.il)
I hope you all had an easy and meaningful fast.
Sitting here the day after יום כיפור, reflecting on yesterday’s intense and beautiful תפילות, I still feel inspired and uplifted. What I found particularly moving was the interaction between the בעל תפילה and the קהילה, the beautiful voice prodding the קהל who in turn responded with enthusiasm and feeling. A cycle of giving and receiving, of mutual encouragement and inspiration.
It brings to mind a story told of Rabbi Yosef Dov of Brisk who one day, when walking with some of his תלמידים, came upon three horse-drawn wagons transporting hay. As the wagons passed by in tandem, Rabbi Yosef Dov asked his students to pay attention to what was transpiring in front of them. The third horse was eating hay from the wagon pulled by the second horse and the second horse was eating hay from the wagon pulled by the first horse.
All of the horses benefitted, but one horse benefitted more than the others.
The first horse benefitted solely by having its load lightened (by the second horse eating hay from the wagon it was pulling). The third horse benefitted solely by eating from the second horse’s wagon. However, the second horse benefitted by both eating hay from the first horse’s wagon AND having its load lightened by the third horse eating hay from its wagon.
Although there are a number of lessons that one can learn from this story, here too I identified the cycle of giving and receiving. Success is nurtured by interaction, cooperation and reciprocal support. As initiators, our inclination may be to push forward, at times with little pause. However, we should keep in mind that success is often achieved faster and more efficiently when we connect, engage and interact with like-minded individuals and learn to offer and accept assistance.
My belief is when we give credit to others we realize the enormity of the contribution. Also. when we announce the influence of our teachers, even if it is to help explain the steps of a recipe, we are inviting the student, or reader, or listener to be part of the chain. The chain is a three-fold process.
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Ginger flavored sauteed Gourds with parsley and mint: Enough for 10: This dish will work well for Sukot. The dish can be prepared a week before and keeps well. It also can be the basis for a vegetable soup.
10 bottle gourds all outer peel removed and sliced thin
2 cloves roasted garlic
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons minced ginger
1-Heat Olive Oil in a stainless steel large wok or saute pan.
2-Add crushed garlic and slices of gourd. Use wooden spoon to stir, add only the amount that will cover the bottom of the pan, and stir for 5 minutes.
3-Remove with slotted spoon and layer the slices placing fresh parsley, and mint in between the layers.
4-Cool, cover and refrigerate.