Thursday Musings


Post title borrowed and adapted from Jewwishes’ Monday Musings

– Is the fact that I dreamt about school last night an indication that I should delve into the new textbooks, plan and prepare lessons? I will have two post-high school classes for the first time from September so I suppose my subconscious is telling me to be prepared.

– Why do some folks constantly advertize their whereabouts, actions, blog post and whatever befall them via Titter and FB and never visit other people’s blogs? The same applies to people who ask questions via the same media but never care to answer queries posted by others.

– I am subscribed to Halocho a day, a useful app on Facebook. Yet I was startled to read the following this morning:

Yesterday we learnt that the custom is to not eat meat and chicken and to not drink wine during the 9 days except on Shabbat.
How does one make Havdala this week?
One makes Havdala as usual this week using wine (and spices and a candle).
If there is a small child who can drink most of the cup of wine, then one gives it to him to drink. If not, then the person making Havdala drinks the wine.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 122:8

I understand that this is the law but knowing what we know today about the dangers of alcohol on children, I found it surprising that the author of this daily post hadn’t added a warning about alcohol or advised grape juice instead of wine.

– I cooked haddock for lunch today and everybody loved it. Place haddock in a shallow baking dish. Cover with milk and a little cream. Add sliced shallots, lots of pepper and red pepper flakes. Bake at 400°F for 25 minutes.

– Blog hopping can lead to wonderful discoveries. As I was reading the latest edition of kcc this morning, I clicked a link to Mimi’s kitchen to read her recipe for schnitzel. There one comment by Abbi praising a blog in Mimi’s food site list attracted my attention so I clicked on the link and stayed there for about an hour. Go to 101cookbooks and discover for yourself this wonderful healthy recipe journal.


15 thoughts on “Thursday Musings

  1. That cooking website is just what I needed – you know when you realise you’ve been churning out the same old dull stuff for a while? Or maybe you don’t – but anyway, thank you for that link! I’m also tempted by that haddock….

    On the wine issue – I agree!

    I could also say a great deal about the lazy people that flit around on FB, Twitter and so on – but I won’t bore you. Needless to say, we are of the same opinion, I think!

  2. I was most struck by your description of those who advertise themselves but can’t step outside themselves to realize there are other people in this world. From my 7 year old, this is standard (not that she does this online, but in person it’s all about her). Many people are stuck in age 7.

  3. Thanks ilanadavita for the link too 101cookbooks, at first glance it looks like a good one.

    As for FB, I sometimes get overwhelmed with just the few friends that I have, so it is hard for me respond to everyone. However, I do agree with you.

  4. Yes, FB is a place of flitting about, in terms I call “fair weather friendliness”, if even that.

    Ilana-Davita: Your haddock sounds delicious.

    I agree with your take on children and alcohol.

    Thank you for the link! 🙂

    Shabbat shalom!

  5. I enjoyed these musings.

    I haven’t joined Facebook because I’m not sure I’m interested in up-to-the-minute accounts of people I haven’t seen in 25 years. On the other hand, it might be nice to get in touch with people who have been out of my life for a long time. The Cap’n has been nudging me to join, but so far, I’m resisting.

    I look forward to checking out 101 cookbooks. I’m always open to new ideas, especially ones that are nutritious.

    Is a small glass of wine harmful to a child, one o two havdalot during the year? I know wine is preferred, but I don’t know of many children who even like wine, and most families we know drink grape juice for Shabbat and havdalah. Just asking.

    Shabbat shalom!

  6. In our family we never have wine, always grape juice. So every time I see it says wine, I just assume it means grape juice. So maybe they just figure that the parent will know to give the kid grape juice. Or maybe a little wine isn’t bad for a kid. They do give babies wine by their bris, they say a little bit is healthy.

    • If there is a small child who can drink most of the cup of wine, the cup of wine, then one gives it to him to drink.
      The Shulchan Aruch explicitely mentions wine, and even most of the cup. As our knowledge about the toxicity of wine has increased since then, my point was that it might have been sound for the author of Halocho a day to advise grape juice instead as an addendum.

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