The Rivers of Exile: Nine-Day Pie

This year, the fast of Tisha b’Av falls on Shabbos, and since we do not fast on Shabbos, unless it happens to be Shabbos Yom Kippur, the fast is postponed until Sunday. Right now we are still eating vegetarian food and abstain from wine, music, and some pleasurable activities. We also try to be extra careful not to get into any potentially dangerous situations; therefore, although there is no prohibition to travel during the days of mourning, since traveling always contains an element of danger, we try our best to stay put. Here is a delicious, nutritious, and quite filling main course I have invented specifically for this time. Enjoy!


Traveling through the streets of Paris with his entourage, Napoleon passed a synagogue and heard heart-wrenching wailing from within.

“Why are my Jews crying? – asked the emperor, – What happened to them?

“Sire, – rushed an aide-de-camp, “they are lamenting the destruction of their Temple.”

“What? Their Temple was destroyed and nobody told me? Where? When?”

“Your Majesty, I believe it occurred about seventeen hundred years ago in Jerusalem, and every year on that day they get together, fast, and mourn their loss.”

Alors, – exclaimed Napoleon, “people who remember their past as if it happened just now, will definitely live to see their future!”


So says the Gemorrah (Taanis), that all who mourn the destruction of Jerusalem will merit to rejoice in its rebuilding.  This story has been circulating in many variations and various settings, including the Russian Tzar and the Vilna Gaon, but the truth…

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Sumith says:

    As usual beautifully written with an amazing recipe. Nice one Dolly. Keep Inspiring us with more of your recipes!!

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    1. It’s wonderful to hear from you, dear Sumith, and your compliment means a great deal to me! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely comment!

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  2. spearfruit says:

    Great write up Dolly It was very interesting to read and such a lovely recipe as always!

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    1. Thank youso much for your kind comment, Gary!


  3. Osyth says:

    Your posts are always a double treat …. I learn and then I yearn! Whatever the tale you tell it is always brimful of facts and told in the compelling style of a true storyteller and then the food which in this case has me dyeing to reach into the screen and break a piece off such is the deep desire to taste it! Bravo Dolly …. don’t stop doing what you do!

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I am not planning to stop in the near future, and the rest is up to Him.

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      1. Osyth says:

        In the end it all is … all we can do is embrace the privilege of being on this earth and being able to do some good. And you do. Much good actually 😊

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      2. My grandmother used to say,”You do your best, and He will do the rest.” So do you, and so do I, or try to the best of my ability.

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  4. purpleslob says:

    And God’s special people will see the rebuilding of the Temple!! I think it will come not too far in the future.
    Love you my funky feline friend!!

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    1. Love you right back, my favorite purple person!


  5. Tami Nieto says:

    I’m just beginning my observance, and am considering going straight vegetarian so that I don’t violate the meat and milk issue. Seems easier than having separate everything (and cheaper). I love this recipe!

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    1. Smart idea! Thank you for your kind comment, dear Tami, and good luck with your observance!


      1. Tami Nieto says:

        Thank you so much!

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      2. Tami Nieto says:

        Hey, I tweeted the link to your book to my Twitter! Who knows, maybe you’ll get a sale or two! I only have 330 followers, but I’m committed to helping those who are helping me, so it’s totally worth it!

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      3. I really appreciate it, dear friend!


  6. Nice post. An exclamatory proverbial ending…

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    1. Thank you so much, darling; I am so glad you like it!


  7. Must not for get to tell you, that dish could not endure 5 minutes. Looks so delicious!

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    1. Thank you, darling, you are so sweet!


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