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Posted on: 30 March 2007

I thought I would come out of hiding for a little and ramble a little.

I am sure you all recognise these… matzah! Yes that time of year is almost upon us which is why you’ve not heard hide nor hair from me. If you want to know more of what I’ve been busying myself with I found a great link which I’ve been dipping into and it tells all the whys and wherefores of Pesach, The Passover. In a nutshell we have to rid the home, oh and the car… erm… and the office, of chametz. Well that prohibits certain grains which means of course I just had to finish that second, or was it third, hiccup, bottle of Stella Artois at the back of the cupboard just now.

The funny thing is I have been making Pesach for over, well many many years, yet each year I learn something new. My daughter told me something her boyfriend’s family don’t do and she thought they didn’t do it right. Well forget the different streams of orthodoxy, essentially Jews are divided into two groups… Ashkenazi who originated from Eastern Europe, i.e. Russia, Poland, etc. and the Sephardi who come from the Middle East and Mediterranean areas. My father’s family were the former, although I have some Sephardi blood in my veins on my mother’s side. Rachel’s boyfriend is Sephardi, also my brother’s wife. It is interesting and fascinating as each has their own customs and different foods are permissible for Sephardi but not for Ashkenazi.
I won’t go into all the details of my personal Pesach cleaning, oy my poor back and you should see the state of my hands, but I recommended earlier that some of my darling internet friends find an orthodox Jewish woman in their neighbourhood and whisper the magic word “Pesach?” I should have told them to ask her:

  1. Are you busy?
  2. Are you tired?
  3. How’s your back?

Once it is all done and the search and burning of chametz is complete, there is a great sense of satisfaction and believe it or not, a sense of spiritual cleansing as well. Then we start on the cookathon. I make two sedarim and there are always family and friends at the table, mine and the children’s, Jamie and Lucy intend eating every meal here over the whole of Pesach and… mother’s coming to stay.

In the meantime I thought I would show you a picture of where Jamie and Lucy’s wedding will take place overlooking the sea. Having said that, the pool area was being renovated, so we couldn’t see exactly where the chupah (wedding canopy) will be. Not long now, only 17 weeks… and no, I have not lost any weight or bought the dress or shoes or bag or hat… oh dear! Still, neither has Rachel as bridesmaid and Jamie refuses to wear a suit… oy gevalt, what do I do with him? I know, I know, it is Israel, it will be very very hot and it’s fairly informal, but a nice lightweight linen wouldn’t look amiss… hmmm!
I was kinda designated to do the excel spreadsheet for the wedding invitations, but because of Pesach I simply haven’t had a chance to do it. Jamie will be home all next week. I have delegated… yes! Being a typical Aries, he likes to be in control, so I’m sure he won’t mind. By the way, Val, belated birthday greetings… another Aries. I lived with three male Aries, Jamie’s birthday on the 26 March, the ex on the 27th and Jon’s on 3 April… I didn’t stand a chance!

Couldn’t not post pics of my little sprogs. Bridgitte and Moriah on my last morning with them.

Boaz sans hair… makes him look all grown up.
Boaz playing with his new tractor… wonder who bought him that?

Finally a funny… seems to fit somehow. I have three enormous sacks of clothes ready for the charity shop sitting in my bedroom. If I haven’t worn it for a couple of years, out it goes. Only took half-an-hour to go, nah, nah, nah, nah… now I really can say I’ve got nothing to wear, except I still can’t possibly squeeze another outfit into my wardrobe if I wanted to. Or should that be, I can’t squeeze myself into another outfit if I wanted to?

… oh, and a couple of Jewish funnies…

A blind man is sitting on a park bench. A Rabbi sits down next to him. The Rabbi is chomping on a piece of matzah. Taking pity on the blind man, he breaks off a piece and gives it to the blind man. Several minutes later, the blind man turns, taps the Rabbi on the shoulder and asks, “Who wrote this?!!”

G-d: And remember Moses, in the laws of keeping Kosher, never cook a calf in its mother’s milk. It is cruel.

Moses: Ohhhhhh! So you are saying we should never eat milk and meat together.

G-d: No, what I’m saying is, never cook a calf in its mother’s milk.

Moses: Oh, Lord forgive my ignorance! What you are really saying is we should wait six hours after eating meat to eat milk so the two are not in our stomachs.

G-d: No, Moses, what I’m saying is, never cook a calf in it’s mother’s milk!!!

Moses: Oh, Lord! Please don’t strike me down for my stupidity! What you mean is we should have a separate set of dishes for milk and a separate set for meat and if we make a mistake we have to bury that dish outside…

G-d: Moses, do whatever you want….

The Harvard School of Medicine did a study of why Jewish women like Chinese food so much. The study revealed that it is due to the fact that Won Ton spelled backwards is Not Now.

Well guess I’ve prattled more than enough. I’m stilling plugging Yidoez… here’s the latest one of MoMo. Oh and another one featuring Boaz’s tractor. I wish I knew how to embed them straight onto here, but I don’t have a clue!

I shall probably be absent for a while again, see you here in about two weeks, but I will try and visit.

I wish you all a lovely lovely weekend, Shabbat Shalom and Chag Pesach S’meach.


37 Responses to "HAPPY PESACH"

Hey Ann,guess what im watching?VINCENT VINCENT VINCENT!!!!!!!!!!!Do you want to know something weird?My ex[the father of lilly]looks like Vince but a 26 year old version.I think that is why i adore Vincent so much,because i knew that i was looseing him.He left because our daughter was to much for him,we fault to much.[we were young and stupid,but lilly was not a mistake,he wants to see what else is out there and so on.]His words,his name is Dipierro.

Dana,p.s i am glad you are feeling better,p.s.s nice maztas,Im half Italin a quarter jewish and the rest english a tad native Indian,what a mutt!!!

Ann,sorry for my spelling,the cats were swating the sceen.I could’nt see.


Hi, I’ve missed you which sounds a bit weird when we havn’t even met.
I really enjoyed this post imformative and funny, so you.
you asked about 55 flash fiction:-

Barefoot mistress told me:-
55 Flash Fiction: Write a story in exactly 55 words, with at least one character ….
those are the only rules..but sometimes I use a photo to inspire me, or sometimes I find the photo after the writing.
We used to play every Friday but now it’s sorta loose because we all are so busy! Hope you will join us.

you can find her here

A vdo onre would be nice:)

“cats swatting the screen”
great excuse, I can feel a post coming on.


Lovely post and thank you for your love and and pictures. I known it’s busy busy right now, but it will all be worth it in the end.

Have a blessed Passover. 🙂

Rose says hi. 🙂

Ann!!! Great to hear from ya! The kids are getting so big! When I was a kid, my dad would by matzoh crackers and put butter on them and put them in my lunch sack. It was always such a treat and I couldn’t wait for Passover each year for that wonderful surprise in my lunch.

The jokes were fab too. They cracked me up, as usual!

Have a wonderful spring and Passover.

How did you know I’ve been spring cleaning this afternoon. I now have a pile of stuff I’ve called ‘What on earth did you buy THAT for???’ ;0)
Hope all is well with you

Like cathy, I’ve missed you, cos you were there when I first started my blog.
I am so glad that spring cleaning here in the U.K, is so less complicated. Boaz is so sweet, mmmm, I wonder who brought him the tractor??????????????????

((((^>|<^ )))) No, that’s not me with a “bad hair day” (it would look worse!) Imagine the vertical line in the center as your spine and my strong hands giving you a real massage! I was trained as a kid to massage my parents’ necks or shoulders whether or not it was Pesach. I hope you felt that. Now snag a real person, stronger than your adorable grandkids, and tell them you’ve written a new Hagadah which specifically stipulates regular massage of the sederim preparer!
(Those 4 cups of wine do not reduce the aches, although the laughter does… )

Although I’ve heard it before I LOVE the “not now” joke w/ our favorite nonJ food! LOL!

L’shana habah b’yerushalayim—-although soon you will be celebrating the joyous wedding there!!! Mazel tov

Very Nice!

Spell cheak:SCREEN,MATZOH’S,………..

Dana lol,

I miss you! Lovely post, Ann. I so enjoy learning about your faith. Boaz is precious. Take care, sweetie 🙂

Thanks for the birthday wishes, and welcome back, even if it is with a strained back.

Plerase could you come and sort out my wardrobe of all the things I am going to slim back into?

Diane – my pile of clothes to be given away aren’t so much “what on earth did you buy that for” as “who am I kidding I’ll never fit into that again ever”. lol

It sounds like you’ve gotten it all under control. Thanks for the visit. Hope your Passover is enjoyable with all your fam and friends! -will look forward to your return.
btw- grandkiddos are adorable, growing up so fast!

Ann, have a Zissin Pesach. Enjoy your family and have a wonderful time. Loved the post, the jokes (the Moses one – do whatever you want was perfect). Will have to check out Yiddeoz during some down time over the Holidays.

The babies are growing so, beautiful.

xox ~ G

Hope you’re having a beautiful holiday. People assume that I’m Jewish, because I won’t put meat or milk together. The same as if I were to eat chicken with a side of eggs- just disrespectful in my opinion! Ah well.

Enjoy your holiday!

You know, I can’t believe how much Boaz has grown! It’s just amazing! They’re both so beautiful! I remembered it was almost Passover for you (as it’s Maundy Thursday for us (well, when we celebrate Passover anyway) I hope you have a very blessed holiday *hugs*

have a beautiful passover ann:)

Ann..glad you are feeling better..I know just how much work you are doing..please take it as easy as you can and enjoy your family..happy Passover to ya ..m

As always,I am late posting!have a great holiday Ann!The kids are SO cute and the wedding site looks amazing.

I get to spend Easter (funny a Pagan hiding eggs) hiding eggs for my cousin’s kids.I like Easter,it is a nice blended holiday and most don’t notice.

So,here’s to spring fertility,Passover and rebirth….that covers a LOT of paths…right?Whatever you celebrate,celebrate with your heart and it is sure to be fun!

Hi Ann,I’ve left a long comment on your [Vincent Love Verse] check it out when you can.


Actually Ann,it is on your [london love verse] sorry.


Happy Peaches, Ann! Did I say that right?

Hi Ann,Where are you!!??I just stoped by to tell you how to find my new post.

Go to:I have computer problems

There are pics of my daughter and i,I need to post new one’s asap,she will be three on may 23.How old are your cuties/grandkiddo’s?


Ann,Just wanted you to know that you can click on my name to track my whole blog.Thanks to Brian!!!


Hi Ann,After the holidays,come by and check out my new blog site,It has more poems and pics.Happy Holidays!!!

My new site is called NIGHTENGAL.

The kids just put a huge smile on my face. I have wanted to call you all week but I will wait till the holiday is over and you have a free moment. All my love. Jill

Ann,last visit until you return PROMISE!!!My nightengale site is inaccessible,so here is how you can read my poems-go to my new blog with the pics,and you will see them in my comments under my name,[the long paragrafts]


Hey, Ann! Nice to hear from you again, and good to hear about your passover – I don’t know much about the fait or the customs.

Lovely seeing pics of the little ones. If you want to put that vid straight on your post, you can get the code for it beneath the vid, further down the page, where it says Use this HTML to embed this video directly into your web page:
The code is directly beneath this…just copy it, and paste it in the ‘edit’ section of your post. Should work.

Well, Happy Passover, and good luck finding some clothes to wear for the wedding (don’t leave it too long, or they’ll be stocking winter clothes already!! 🙂 )

Hey Ann,Annelisa says your back!I hope all of my comments dident scare you?I am not obsessed or anything,ask annelisa i have left her just as many!!!If you would like to visit my old blog,there are changes,as for the knew one type in [nightengal]on the blog search.Hope you had a peaceful,Loving Passover!!!


Ann,Found out what was wrong,Im writing you from my [NIGHTENGALE]BLOG just click on my name and it will take you there.

I hope your holiday Holy Days were beautiful I so enjoy reading all your posts and adore your grand babies. I do read about your religion and find it oh so interesting. peaceful. somehow feels right. ( Dont tell Father Culnane!)
Anyway all that is good to you and yours everyday.


i feel so “knowing” again after i read you post. like i already mentioned earlier: i love it when you give us some explanations of the jewish culture. you know what? sometimes i wish i was jewish just because of that culture. it’s great.
and i love your jewish funnies, just like the old ladies. i always save the pics to laugh about it when i’m having a hard day. 🙂

so, hope you’re all relaxed again, now that the hard work is over. how are your hands and your back?

hope you’re coming back soon. we miss you.

“The Harvard School of Medicine did a study of why Jewish women like Chinese food so much. The study revealed that it is due to the fact that Won Ton spelled backwards is Not Now.”

Absolutely classic!!!


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