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THE OPPENHEIMER REPORT (April 18, 2022)

THE OPPENHEIMER REPORT (April 18, 2022)

Posted: 2022-04-18 17:03:05 By: thebay
Happy Easter Monday, Happy Passover (April 15-23, 2022), and Happy Ramadan (April 1 to May 1, 2022) to all those who observe those holidays. A few years ago, when I was posting an Easter-related Oppenheimer Report, I searched for a picture to include at the top of the report and found a lot of photos of kids, traumatized by their exposure to the Easter Bunny. Parents naturally assume that Santa and the Easter Bunny are loved by all children, but that is not so. To some kids, Santa is just a big, bearded old guy dressed in red and white, who talks too loudly, and the Easter Bunny is a giant, creepy rodent. “Now Jimmy, sit still and let that strange adult dressed in a rabbit onesie hold you firmly on his lap while Daddy takes your picture.” Whaahhh!
 
When I was young, it was the Oppenheimer custom to attend an annual first Passover seder supper at my aunt’s house in Buffalo. As a child, I enjoyed those family gatherings. It was a chance to see some cousins I rarely saw, and there were prizes. We Jews have our own version of the Easter egg hunt, and there is chocolate “gelt” involved. After Shauna and I married, I attended the Taylor family seders for many years, but sadly, that tradition faded after Shauna’s dad passed away. While I don’t miss the bitter herbs (and yes, I understand that the meal is a ceremony), I love matzo ball soup. For the record, I have always preferred the large, soft, fluffy matzo balls to the smaller, dense ones.   
 
Well, last night, I made my very first "kneidlach" and put them in my homemade chicken soup. I’ve been eating them for about 64 years, but I have never made them. I was always served matzo balls by someone far more qualified to make them. Shauna's Mom, ET was my primary source of good matzo balls, but alas, we no longer live in Toronto, and I am forced to learn the art for myself. Kneidlach are relatively simple to make, and only require a few ingredients, but the trick is finding the proper consistency. Shauna is my most honest critic, and she gave them a thumbs up. Not bad for my first pass. It must be genetic. Anyhow, happy whatever-religious-holiday-you-observe(d). No matter the holiday, no matter the day, let's be loving and kind to one another.
 
 
 
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