Russian Railroad, Weird Dream, Japanese Diplomat, and Manchurian Squash

I am grateful to our gracious host Renard who published my guest post. This recipe was inspired by a dear blogofriend Jonathan Caswell, a master of limericks. You can read his poem here: https://bythemightymumford.wordpress.com/2020/10/23/spaghetti-squash-ala-caswell
Enjoy, Beautiful People!

Renard's World

When Silas Aaron Hardoon, one of the richest people in Asia, saw the same strange dream every night, in which his late father kept asking him to build a huge synagogue, he became troubled by it. Far from being observant, he nevertheless went to ask a Rabbi – where else would a Jew go when something is troubling him? As the wealthiest person in town, he didn’t go to just any Rabbi, but to the Chief Rabbi of Shanghai, Rav Meir Ashkenazi. “It is clear to me, – said Rav Meir, – that you have to build a synagogue for four hundred people.” “Four hundred! – exclaimed the tycoon, – But we already have two synagogues, and between you and I, Rabbi, there is barely a minyan (ten Jews required to complete services), other than on High Holidays. Why do we need such a mammoth building?” “Four hundred, – repeated…

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23 Comments Add yours

    1. Thank you so much, dear friend.

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      1. most welcome dear friend

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  1. CarolCooks2 says:

    I love your stories which go with your recipes they always teach something about your history 🙂 x

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Carol!

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  2. An amazing story beautifully stitched together

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  3. What an inspirational story!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Dorothy!

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  4. jkaybay says:

    I didn’t know your name was Dolly until I read the post 🙂
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  5. Every time i read one of your posts, i am not sure which i love more, the stories or the wonderful recipes!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Mimi; you are too kind!

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  6. theburningheart says:

    Dreams are very important, the problem most people do not know haw to interpret, wonderful story. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, dear friend. It seems to me that most people do not know how to interpret dreams because they don’t believe that dreams have any significance. They are wrong, of course.

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  7. Thank you , Dolly! Sounds again very interesting. I uess with Russian railroad, the Transsiberian is inside? 😉 Will head over to read. Michael

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    1. The Transsiberian was built a lot later, Michael.

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      1. Oh sorry! I apologize for the missing “g”. Will start to read your guest post, now. 😉

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      2. Don’t worry; no need to apologize.

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      3. Thank you for the kindness, Dolly! A very interestin story, indeed. A too long time the Asia-Pacific area was out of our “Western sight”.But there had happend influencing history too. Have a beautiful weekend! Michael

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      4. Than you for your kind words, Michael.
        You too, have a wonderful weekend.

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      5. Thank you! You too, Dolly!

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  8. The Squash recipe sounds great! My wife’s family started out in Germany and were relocated to Russia across the Volga, then later back to Germany. Her mom, now 98, used to make us lots of good food from Russia and Germany. We were really blessed to have some great food. I’ve decided to take over her making of bierocks with her family recipe. I just need to get my sourdough started going. Haven’t baked sourdough bread since high school (50 years) but I’m inspired to dig out the old recipes and go to work.

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    1. I am familiar with the story of russified Germans relocated to Volga region and all the depravation and abuse they suffered there.
      I am glad you like my recipe, dear friend!

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