When I was 13, I was in the hallway of my middle school talking with two friends. One of the girls told me that she overheard a classmate tell a really bad joke. I will not repeat it for sake of not letting anti-semiticism win, but it involved jews in ovens. I remember being dumbfounded when I heard the girl re-tell the joke. I stopped in my tracks and remember the feeling of rage overcome me. I asked the girl why didn't she say anything to the guy or to the people who laughed at the joke. She was scared to confront him. I wish I had the hutzpah to confront the joke teller, but I vowed that I would never speak to that person ever again, and I never did. I wish I went and said something, but the lesson I got out that experience was a strong one: that anti-semiticism was real. Ever since then, if I hear anything remotely anti-semitic, I call people out on their hatred speech.
Living in New York, I expected that there are lots of kosher restaurants. Now that I have downloaded the app, I learned that I was correct. Nice to know that some chains such as Juice Press and 16 Handles are kosher. I am excited to check out more Jewish delis (because I love Jewish deli food). So I'll definitely be using this app for those finds. I recommend the app to my friends who keep kosher or for those who are curious to know.
My favorite holiday memory is Passover. Passover used to be a huge holiday within my entire extended family. When I reflect upon what Judaism is to me, I do think a lot about the importance of family, tradition, and my Pa specifically.
When I was young, everyone in my family would gather at my grandparents's house or my family's house for the large seder. We would dine upon the most incredible meal and regale in favorite stories. There were always a lot of laughs. But before we ate, my grandfather would tell a very brief version of the story of Passover. Having grown up in a religious household, Pa's family's seder was lengthy and he always remembered just waiting to eat. So, every year he reminded us of that, and vowed never make his family wait that long for a meal.
We would go over the seder plate and discuss the 10 plagues. And I had the honor of being the youngest in the family, so I asked the four questions every year. I was always very excited to do that. But the best part was after my brother, cousins, and I were finished eating, we would look for the afikomen. We would tear apart the living room furniture and scatter among other rooms. Someone always found it, I remember winning several times. My grandfather would always reward the winner with $20, and then slip everyone else a $5 or $10. He was always so generous with us.
As the years went on, less family attended Passover until it was just my parents, my grandparents, and myself. We had the seder plate, Pa would still tell the same story, and I would still ask the questions. We didn't look for the afikomen anymore because I was the only "child" left, but Pa would still slip me a $20 bill. Now that my grandfather is no longer with us Passover is not the same. But I think about him fondly and will always connect the two.
I 'liked' OneTable because I would definitely like to meet other young Jews in my city. I think it would be nice to celebrate shabbat with Jews from different backgrounds. The more one acquaints themselves with different kinds of people, the more knowledgable and empathetic they become.
My Hebrew name is Miriam, which means "sea of bitterness" or "bitter sea" depending on the resource. I was given this name in honor of my great grandmother Minnie who was a strong and loving woman. What I love about the origin of my name is that although Miriam, the sister of Moses, was born during the troubling Egyptian-controlled times, she was a kind person and encouraged strength in others. I feel like that suits me very well.
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