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The anniversary of 9/11 is quickly approaching. This is the 10th anniversary of this horrendous event in American history and our lives. For me, it is even more so…not only do I grieve for all those precious souls that lost their lives on 9/11, but I grieve for my best friend who died a few weeks later, and for my beloved father who died a week after Beverly did. I keep saying that G-d took them when he did because he needed good souls to help fight the evils of our age.

To mark this anniversary there will be many ceremonies around the world and many people will join those celebrations, needing community to help them through the grieving process. This is good. In fact, in my religion, you are not supposed to say memorial prayers for your loved ones except in the synagogue so that you have your community to lean on and to help you grieve. I am a loner who grieves better in my own home, in my own way. I want to be able to cry if I need to, without have to have others witness my tears. I want to choose prayers that are meaningful to me after I say Kaddish (memorial prayer). So, I invite you to commemorate this event in your own way, but please do commemorate it. It is important that we never forget how much evil hatred there is in the world from paranoia and ignorance; hatred stemming for greed for power and money. We need to remember how hatred causes loss of precious life because someone wants publicity for their cause. And just pure evil hatred that has comes down to us via the generations of a race or a religion or a culture.

I invite you to join a commemoration ceremony in your local community or to commemorate alone by saying Kaddish or a memorial prayer of your own choosing and by making a new friend. Bake a Friendship Cake and take it to a neighbor. Just tell your neighbor you wanted to commemorate 9/11 by meeting him/her. Or if you are a true loner, which I am not, bake a Friendship Cake and leave it protected on a neighbor’s stoop. You can leave a note or not. If you can, donate something to one of your favorite charities. Here is the Kaddish prayer and the recipe for Friendship Cake. Please note, I have taken the liberty to change the prayer a bit.
KADDISH (Mourner’s Prayer)
May the great Name of God be exalted and sanctified, throughout the world, which he has created according to his will. May his Kingship be established in your lifetime and in your days, and in the lifetime of the entire world, swiftly and in the near future; and say, Amen.
May his great name be blessed, forever and ever.

Blessed, praised, glorified, exalted, extolled, honored elevated and lauded be the Name of the holy one, Blessed is he- above and beyond any blessings and hymns, Praises and consolations which are uttered in the world; and say Amen. May there be abundant peace from Heaven, and life, upon us and upon all the world; and say, Amen.

He who makes peace in his high holy places, may he bring peace upon us, and upon all the world; and say Amen.

“Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life.”
Thomas Jefferson

Amish Friendship Bread Starter
Submitted By: GINNY LEE
Photo By: Linda (LMT)
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 9 Days 40 Minutes
Servings: 120
“Yeast, sugar, milk and flour ferment to make starter for sweet bread. Because the recipe produces so much starter, give some away to friends.”
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees
F/45 degrees C)
3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
3 cups white sugar, divided
3 cups milk

1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes. In a 2 quart container glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or flour will lump when milk is added. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle. Leave loosely covered at room temperature.

2. On days 2 thru 4; stir starter with a spoon. Day 5; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Days 6 thru 9; stir only.

3. Day 10; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Remove 1 cup to make your first bread,
give 2 cups to friends along with this recipe, and your favorite Amish Bread recipe. Store the remaining 1 cup starter in a container in the refrigerator, or begin the 10 day process over again (beginning with step 2).

Editor’s Note
Once you have made the starter, you will consider it Day One, and thus ignore step 1 in this recipe and proceed with step 2. You can also freeze this starter in 1 cup measures for later use. Frozen starter will take at least 3 hours at room temperature to thaw before using.

Servings Per Recipe: 120
Calories: 34
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 0.2g
Cholesterol: < 1mg
Sodium: 3mg
Amount Per Serving
Total Carbs: 7.7g
Dietary Fiber: 0.1g
Protein: 0.5g

Amish Friendship Bread
Submitted By: JJOHN32
Prep Time: 40 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour

Servings: 30

"A sweet cinnamon bread that requires a batch of Amish Friendship Bread
Starter. For variations, add your favorite fruits and/or nuts!"


1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
2/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 (9×5 inch)
loaf pans.

2. In a large bowl, combine the Amish bread starter with oil, eggs, 2
cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt,
1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder, and 1 teaspoon
vanilla. Mix well. Pour into prepared loaf pans.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes.

Nutritional Information

Servings Per Recipe: 30

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 130

* Total Fat: 5.6g
* Cholesterol: 21mg
* Sodium: 89mg
* Total Carbs: 18.3g
* Dietary Fiber: 0.3g
* Protein: 1.9g


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