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The Family Holiday Dinner

September 7, 2013

One of the perks of Rosh Hashanah is the family holiday dinner, and ours was terrific.

My wife is a great cook.  She served up all of the family favorites: gefilte fish, salad, apples and honey, brisket, yontif (holiday) chicken, lokshen kugel (noodle pudding), etc.

14 family members attended and had the responsibility /privilege to consume it all.

Needless to say, nearly all of the food was gone by the end.

Also, there was much interesting conversation around the table.

It’s always a great time.

Rosh Hashanah is a festive occasion but also a deeply religious one.

So, as Reform Jews, we had a few words and the blessings over the candles, wine, challah, apples with honey, and so forth.

It’s the same but not the same as in years past.

The composition at the table has changed.

Some parents and others who once attended in person now attend only via our memories of them.

We miss them.

A child who has grown and moved elsewhere to pursue her medical education is too far away to attend.

We miss her, and her husband.

Fortunately, some are able to come notwithstanding the distance, e.g. a son, a sister and her husband, etc.

And they do, and it makes a big difference.

These holiday meals, more than just about anything else, reinforce the ties that bind us.

If only nations could sit down together for the same meal.

Could lokshen kugel prevent war?  Should we send some to Syria?

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David I. Karp is a full time mediator of real estate and business disputes, and an amateur writer.  His professional website is at http://karpmediation.com

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