Quiet Forest Hills Sunday

March 23, 2008 at 8:00 am 2 comments

What else could it be, with my daughter now the miserable carrier of the bug or virus that has been my son’s almost constant companion for the past month?

We were lucky—she didn’t get “hit” until Friday, so we were able to pop into the reading of the Megillah at Forest Hills Jewish Center, which was nice but very loud. Lots of groggers, lots of booing and hissing, and lots of joy, even if some of it was forced. That’s Purim for you—like any holiday or ritual that you’ve done all your life, it’s hard to sustain true excitement year after year, even with kids (many of whom don’t quite get the whole thing), though they certainly add some renewal to the event.

Anyway, on this quiet Sunday, and this weekend that is permeated by religion and the 5th anniversary of the U.S. invasion into Iraq, I thought I’d mention a few things of possible interest:

  • This thought-provoking piece on the dangers of fundamentalism—be it Christian or Atheism— by Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer prize-winning writer for his years in Bosnia for the NY Times and, more recently, the author of American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.
  • Modern Jews Engage the New Testament, by Michael Cook. The book isn’t out yet but it is an enlightening and important book for people of all faiths, regardless of how much they know about the New Testament. It is also very relevant at this time of the year, Easter.
  • Bush’s War. “On the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion, this definitive two-part series draws on Frontline’s more than 40 reports on Iraq and the war on terror, as well as fresh reporting and interviews, to examine the lasting legacy of the Bush administration.” March 24 and 25 on PBS.
  • For a pre-Passover leavened treat—and just so this post isn’t all about the mind—hamentashen at Knish Nosh. They are unlike any others in the neighborhood (esp. the ubiquitous soybean-oil based ones imported from Brooklyn), with their thick, homemade apple-and-raisins filling. The surrounding triangular dough is light and puffy, making this almost a pastry. If you’re a stickler for the more traditional kind—smallish, triangular-round, slightly burnt buttery crust, and brimming with fillings like apricot, lekvar, and raspberry—there’s always Andre’s bakery right next door. I bought from both places and thoroughly enjoyed comparison tasting, as well as a hunk of Andre’s famous (a la Nora Ephron) cabbage strudel. When you have a sick kid, it’s the little edible pleasures in life that count.

Happy Easter, happy Sunday.

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  • 1. Lauren  |  March 25, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    I like La Bonelle’s hamantaschen – they’re so rich and substantial, and they don’t skimp on the filling. But I’ll have to try the ones at Knish Nosh. I keep meaning to get there but I always forget where it’s located.

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  • 2. karbeth  |  March 25, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    You’re right–Bonelle’s are wonderful! Do they have smallish ones? I often walk over there throughout the year for a large one with coffee–such a treat.

    I’ve got such a fetish for them now that I bought a batch at Queens Pita today on Main Street. Their pitas, hot out of the oven, are the best. I’m pretty sure all the falafel restaurants in the area (in Kew Gardens) use them. If you don’t have a car, you can often find them at Carmel on 108th St, though obviously they’re not straight out of the oven. Anyway, they told me their hamentashen were made on site. Maybe. They were a bit stale, as if they were the leftovers from last week instead of a fresh batch.

    The search continues!

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