Hello, Stranger, Have Some Soup!

This year, Passover starts in two weeks from now, and once again, due to Covid restrictions, no freinds or family, let alone strangers, will be invited to share our Seder. In memory of those pre-Covid happier days, I am repeating this post.

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Passover starts soon, and the most important part of the celebration is called a Seder which means order. The order is prescribed in a little book called Haggada that we read at the table. The most important part of that is called Maggid which is the actual story of redemption and exodus from Egypt.  And the most important part of the story, repeated several times, is an admonition to share the holiday meal with a widow, an orphan, and a stranger because “you were strangers in a foreign land.” The same admonition is found in many other Biblical and Talmudic sources.

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As soon as I started understanding the words in theHaggada, I asked about this line. Even as a little four- or five-year old, I sensed a lapse of logic: as strangers in Egypt, we had been slaves, sorely mistreated; we finally escaped, and, as a reminder of…

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  1. There’ll be times again when we can all get together for all our celebrations. While I’m not Jewish, I’ve been to many seders at friends, and strangers, homes for so many lovely and deeply experienced rituals. Thank you for the lovely post.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kindness and understanding, dear Dorothy! Many blessings to you and yours.

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  2. ShiraDest says:

    “share the holiday meal with a widow, an orphan, and a stranger because “you were strangers in a foreign land.”

    Thank you, Dolly.
    (Though I think that this verse is not quite interpreted this way, I’m going with…)

    I always feel something hit me at that point, and when we open the door for…

    I always wondered what would happen if we all took those words quite seriously (though I have been at a few sedarim where I am sure that any stranger walking in would have met a rather difficult welcome), even at our private sedarim.

    And if these words were shared more widely?

    Thank you for sharing them,

    Shabbat shalom,
    sorry if I’m not exactly in Adar mood.
    -Shira

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    1. Right now I hope you are in a Nissan mood, and let’s all think positively because – guess what! – tomorrow we of the female persiuasion are not supposed to be doing any work, but sit back, relax, and feel very special.
      Feel special, darling, because you are!
      Much love,
      D

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      1. ShiraDest says:

        Good point!
        Thank you, D!
        Much love,
        S.

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      2. My pleasure, darling!
        Have a wonderful, restful and peaceful Rosh Chodesh,
        D

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  3. Soup is always a good idea? In my opinion. 🍲🍃

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    1. I am of the same opinion, dear Gail, and my husband does not even consider dinner a real meal unless it starts with a bowl of soup and a salad.

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      1. He sounds like a very smart man. 👏

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  4. lghiggins says:

    I’m sorry you will be unable to share your Passover Seder with a stranger this year. Covid has wrecked so many of our traditions. But maybe you are sharing with many strangers through this blog! I want you to know that I loved your line: “the beans tend to get sentimentally attached to the bottom of the pot.” Well-written and brought a smile to my face.

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    1. I thank you for your kindness, dear Linda! I want you to know that your comment made me feel better about being unable to celebrate in the style I am used to.
      Sending blessings your way…

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  5. purpleslob says:

    I attended a Seder once, but I’m not quite sure if it was truly authentic, since it was at our church?

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    1. Since I wasn’t there, I cannot have an opnion of it, but at least you were able to connect with the idea of freedom and redemption.

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      1. purpleslob says:

        It was wonderful!

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      2. I am glad to hear that!

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  6. It was good to be reminded of your grandmother’s wisdom

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    1. Thank you so much, Derrick.

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  7. Those were really good times, without this pandemic.I hope you will still be able to celebrate nicely, Dolly!. Soup is always good, especially when it’s still cold like here. Thank you for another great idea, Dolly! KEEP CALM AND HAPPY SHABBAT SHALOM! Michael

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    1. Than you so much, doe your kind comment, Michael! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  8. Thank you Dolly for the information and yummy recipe

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  9. Charlee: “Our Dada is playing a video game right now where he goes through a town and has to buy supplies, and there’s this one person in the town who claims to have the best soup you’ve ever tasted, but he won’t sell any to Dada’s character because he says Dada is not worthy of the soup.”
    Chaplin: “Maybe he could get some soup from you instead.”

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    1. Tell your Dada that Mama is always happy to share her food!

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  10. The fact that we’re having a second pandemic Passover makes me sad. The “let all who are hungry come and eat” feels just a little emptier. Recipe looks delicious though, and not so difficult or time-consuming. I love a hearty white bean-kale soup!

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    1. Thank youj so much, darling!
      Yes, it is sad, and it is especially sad for me because I am so used to a crowd at my table; I feel lonesome…

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      1. *Hugs* It is hard both for the would-be guests who can’t go where they normally would and the would-be hosts, who cannot have the crowd they want.

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      2. Very much so, darling, and what are your plans, if you don’t mind my asking?

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      3. Zoom seder with parents and siblings

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      4. You’ll forgive me if I don’t comment on this, darling. Regardless of the circumstances, I wish you a wonderful Pesach!

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      5. A wonderful, happy, healthy Pesach to you as well!

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      6. Thank you, darling!

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  11. A beautiful lesson, extend your hand to others, and when you need one, it will be there for you.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Mimi; I truly appreciate your kind words.

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  12. Oh my goodness…that looks delicious! I have desperately been trying to get rid of all of this Covid weight. I spend my days obsessing over not obsessing over food. Ha! Mostly, I’m just hangry all the time. I can’t even stand myself. Thanks for letting me daydream a little with this mouthwatering post. 😉

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    1. The way I cook, my husband keeps losing weight, Covid or no Covid! And I serve five-course dinners every day.
      Thank you so much, darling; I am so glad you like my recipe!

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    2. lifelessons says:

      I finally went on the fast diet and that has done the trick. I limit eating to 6 hours of the day. Works like a charm. I’ve been on it 7 months and the loss is slow but steady.

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      1. Do you know how many years I’ve been on this diet before they started calling it “fast” diet? It first came out in 1985, in Harvey and Marylin Diamond’s book “Fit for Life.” It does work like a charm, but it’s a lifestyle, rather than a diet. Had I not kept to it all these years, I would’ve been like my mother OBM who was rather much wider than taller.

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      2. You’re ahead of the game! I agree. I have felt much better this way. I am going to make it a lifestyle as well.

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      3. Good luck, darling! Be well, keep safe, and feel good about it!

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      4. Thank you! I truly appreciate it. 😊 Lilewise!

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      5. lifelessons says:

        Ha! I think the “fast” has more to do with not eating for most of the hours of the day rather than the speed with which you lose. I’ve lost 41 lbs. in 7 months. Six pounds a month is slow, but you know what they say about the tortoise.

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      6. You see, with us fasting means no water, so abstaining from food for 18 hours while drinking plenty of water is not called fasting, by our standards. However, whatever you call it, the fact that the results are gradual, rather rapid, is an advantage. Rapid weight loss is rarely healthy.

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      7. lifelessons says:

        Hopefully you don’t fast for 18 hours, then. Seems dangerous. Especially in a hot climate.

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      8. Each year we have two 26-hour fasts and 4 minor fasts from sunrise to sunset. During those minor fasts, smart people get up before sunset, have a cup of cofee and drink a lot of water.

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      9. Funny you should mention it. I started fasting two weeks ago. I go without food for 18 hrs a day. So far, I have lost 7 lbs.

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      10. That’s the Fit for Life lifestyle, before they re-branded it as a fast diet. It does work and is very healthy.

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      11. Yeah, I agree. So far, I’m loving it.

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      12. I am so pleased to hear that, darling!

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      13. lifelessons says:

        Yes.. I go without for 18 hours as well.Easiest diet ever.

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