The Rivers of Exile: Nine-Day Pie

The first of the nine days of mourning for the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem has just started. I have baked my Nine-Day Pie, as I do every year, and I am repeating this post to commemorate one of the most tragic events in Jewish history.

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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!”

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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 of…

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend!

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  1. sharath247 says:

    Looks delicious.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend; I am so glad you like it.

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  2. This remains fascinating

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, Derrick.

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  3. The Jews have suffered so much tragedy, it breaks my heart. Thank you for the recipe, it does sound like good comfort food for a difficult time.

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    1. Thank you so much for your empathy and understanding, dear Mimi. I am glad you like the recipe.

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  4. Thank you for this lovely post!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting, dear Dorothy!

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  5. Thank you for sharing this part of history.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, dear Susie.

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  6. I love the history and thought that goes into this pie. Very impressive.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend; I am so glad you like it.

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  7. I am knowing some of the history, but never before had neared about this pie. Lets have a look, i am very interested in. Michael

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    1. Dear Michael, you haven’t heard of this pie because I invented it. I hope you like it!

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  8. CarolCooks2 says:

    I made this pie today although I used meat and a tad more garam masala plus garlic..it was a big hit not much left and Aston reckons he is having that b4 school in the morning …The bread was lovely really nice…will definitely make it again …xxx

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Carol; you made my day! It is so gratifying to hear from people who tried AND LIKED!

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  9. CarolCooks2 says:

    I know how that feels, Dolly like you all my recipes are tried and tested but we can’t account for different oven heats etc but it is grztifying when someone lets you know they have made it and liked it… Have a lovely day xx

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  10. chattykerry says:

    A poignant post and delicious dessert with meaning. K x

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Kerry; I am so glad you like it.

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  11. Geri Lawhon says:

    Never heard of the nine day pie. Thanks for the history lesson about the pie and Napoleon.

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    1. No wonder you’ve never heard of a nine-day pie, dear Geri – I invented it!
      Thank you for stopping by and for a lovely comment.

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