Friday, May 11, 2012

Guten Erev Shabbos

4:35 PM - Just got home from work and shopping. It's like landing in another galaxy. Preparing for Shabbos and my guests. A taste of preparation for Olam Habah. Thinking in and out the day, week, life. With every breath, athought - some I am privy too, some are deep underground.

5:03 PM - Been negotiation with guests about early or on time Shabbos (there's no such - permitted thing as a late Shabbos). We're going in the end with on time, always a good way to go to the extent that such a thing exists..  So far I made salmon - broiled with a lot of spices and some oil spray.  Chicken soup is sort of on the way to being done (water boiling, veggies in, not chicken). Cholent's been up for a while... Cooking is a funny (not ha-ha) business.

5:27 - PM All the ingredients are in the soup and the water is boiling for the matzoh balls. Like life sometimes, everything is boiling, but something's missing.

5:55 PM - Plan - no writing till all chicken's in the oven. Sometimes you just have to wait till the oven is filled.

6:06 PM - The chicken is flavored with unmeasured dollops of various spices and sauces and yes it is in the oven.  The kugels need to be put in in a bit.  Drinks need to be bought.  And then there's the laundry.

I wish I felt more fulfillment from these kind of activities.  Or maybe I don't. Fact is that if I write a little poem or even just a turn of a phrase I feel more satisfaction than from a day of shopping, cooking, cleaning, building, jet-packing.  You name it, if I consider it creative it pleases me, f I see it as technical work then it's just just just passing time.

6:52 PM - Time to put the kugel in.  Haven't looked at the chicken in a while.  Hmmm.  I wonder what she looks like. Time to work.

7:05 PM - Chicken looks good.  Flame lowered.  Kugels in. Chulent was overflowing, fixed. Matzo Balls being reheated.

7:14 PM - Almost. (Counts.)

7:16 PM - Going to be radical and wish everyone a good Shabbos and sign off now.

May we find some level of shalom on this Shabbos.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wish we had been your lucky guests! Nice Shabbat here, teenage friend from RBS came down. We'll arrive in NJ this Thursday, G-d willing! Can't wait to see you, RN!

May 12, 2012 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Cool. Looking forward. Be in touch.

May 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kudos on the on time shabbos comment. Everyone should use that phrase instead of late!!!

thank you.

May 14, 2012 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

It came to me as I was writing. Glad you like it.

May 14, 2012 at 5:20 PM  

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