Summer Latkes in December

I am not done with latkes yet, Beautiful People! In 1989, the Supreme Court ruling upheld displaying Chanukkah menorahs in public places as a symbol of “universal religious freedom.” Last night, on the last night of Chanukkah, our Rabbi invited the entire community to light the menorah outside, at Miami Beach Marina, with festive music, latkes, and sufganiyot (doughnuts).

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On the foreground of this photo, right in front of Rabbi Mann, stands his oldest son, Mendele, a very special boy, a miracle child, as he is known in the community. Without disclosing the diagnosis, I can tell you, Beautiful People, that the doctors’ opinion was that Mendele would never walk, never talk, and never look like “normal people.” It’s only through the heroic efforts of his parents and siblings, as well as support of the entire community,  that he has proven the doctors wrong! Mendele not only walks – he runs! He is a veritable social butterfly who welcomes every newcomer to services, circulates among crowds, and never forgets to invite guests to the table – yes, he talks, and quite legibly! Mazal Tov! – Mendele has just been Bar Mitzvah, and as you see, he stands upright and looks like any other boy his age. He is still very special in our hearts, as is Chabad in South Beach, under the leadership of Rabbi Shraga and Mrs Devorah Mann, whose message is clearly expressed on the shirt of their son Chanan, known as Honey: BE HAPPY, BE KIND!

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Before we get to the recipe, here is a story about both latkes and sufganiyot.

Hershel from Ostropol, the famous prankster, was traveling during Chanukkah. He stopped at an inn and asked for some traditional Chanukkah food.

“Sure, -said the innkeeper, – We have three kinds of latkes (pancakes), and sufganiyot (doughnuts) with four different fillings! What’s your pleasure?”

“Bring me the latkes first,” requested Hershel.

A plate of hot, golden brown latkes, accompanied by sour cream and apple sauce, appeared in front of him in no time.

“Well, I changed my mind. Takes these back and bring me some sufganiyot.”

What could the innkeeper do? The customer is always right, so latkes were taken away, and sufganiyot brought in, two with jelly and two with jam. They looked and smell heavenly, and Hershel quickly emptied the plate, got up, and headed for the door.

“Wait, Reb Yid, – the shocked owner ran after him, – you have to pay for the doughnuts!”

“I gave you latkes for them, didn’t I? – replied Hershel and kept walking.”

“But… but… you didn’t pay for latkes either!”

“My good man, but did I eat them?”

Let’s assume, for the sake of Hershel’s good character, that it was all a joke, and eventually he did pay!

via Summer Latkes in December

26 Comments Add yours

  1. sebby holmes says:

    This is such a heartwarming story. Best wishes to you and your family 🙏

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    1. Thank you so much, darling, and the same to you and yours!

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  2. Heeheehee! A chuckle goes well with a delightful meal.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Mimi!


    1. Спасибо, дорогая!

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      1. 👍🏻☀️👍🏻

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  3. Happy Channukkah to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you so much, darling, and a happy holiday season to you and yours!

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  4. kelleysdiy says:

    Oh, I am so happy to hear Mendele is doing so well. What a lovely story.

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    1. He is such an amazing child, and his parents are true heroes! She is expecting again, #9. The previous were twin boys, who are about 2.5 years old now, causing mischief as a tandem. And mom is just as cool as a cucumber, managing the whole gang.
      Thank you for your comment, darling; you’re such a sweet person!

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      1. kelleysdiy says:

        The whole family is so wonderful. 9 kids!! How is she going to put them all through college??

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      2. Start with private religious schools; the oldest girl is in high school, and the rest of them follow. Scholarships, of course.

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  5. Reblogged this on koolkosherkitchen and commented:

    With this post, I wish all of you, Beautiful people, a year full of light, joy, and blessings!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Derrick.

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  6. lghiggins says:

    I love the prankster story, but even more the miracle of Mendele. Blessings to him and his family as they continue to inspire others with their faith. May you and your family have a very Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you so much for your understanding and compassion, dear Linda! Happy and healthy New Year to you and yours!

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  7. purpleslob says:

    Herschel is a wily old guy! lol

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    1. He certainly was! And he is not a fictional character, he actually served as one of the assistants to one of my ancestors in mid-19th century, Rabbi Boruch. Rabbi Boruch was known for his melancholy disposition, and Herschel’s main job was to cheer him up with pranks.

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      1. purpleslob says:

        He did an excellent job then!

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      2. It seems that he did, yes.

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