YOM KIPPUR COUNTDOWN – DAY 6

Posted on October 3, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Cakes, Dairy, Desserts, Jewish, My Ramblings, Poetry, Recipes, Sour Cream, Yom Kippur | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


Remember!

Remembering our past is another theme of Yom Kippur.  I don’t know about you, but I have trouble remembering what happened yesterday!   Ok, so I shouldn’t make light of this.  Yes, I can remember the past, but mostly in feelings about a specific event tied to that time, whether it is a year or a decade.  But it’s not only years and/or decades etc.  that we are asked to remember on Yom Kippur.  We are commanded to remember the times we hurt someone or misspoke.  We are commanded to remember the times that we created difficulties.  The reason for our remembering these things is so we can truly repent because it is only after we remember our past acts that we know what it is we need to change. And by remembering what it is we are supposed to do, we can grow. Memory is what allows us to do teshuvah (repentance).

Remembering in the context of Yom Kippur also means remembering those times we were hurt by someone or we were someone’s victim.  Without remembering these times, even though the feelings of those times may still hurt, we cannot practice forgiveness.  Are we supposed to forgive a Hilter, an Idi Amin or an Osama Bin Laden?  I don’t think so.  Their crimes were too evil to even contemplate forgiveness on a human scale.  Their crimes are against all of humanity and G-d, thus I think their forgiveness must come from G-d.  But we should remember their crimes and evil and we must never let anyone forget them.  To do so would be to forget our martyrs.  That, to me,  would be a sin!

Remember to share your memories!

 Figure 1 Remembering Our Lives

Remembering our lives is very important and is probably one of the most important things we are to do in our lives.  It most probably is what G-d intended the gift of memory to be.  The High Holidays are a “time for remembering the all of our lives—where we have been in order to set the course for the future. This is a time for remembering your life, your own story. We have engaged much with stories over this past year, our own personal narratives and experiences. We shared them around tables, over food. And we did so with the goal of building connections among each other. That by sharing our stories we will come to understand that we all have stories to tell, that they are uniquely ours, that they are no more valid or correct than anyone else’s story, and that among our narratives there may be common themes or situations, challenges and emotions.”[1]

Some suggestions for remembering your life and for sharing those memories are:

  1. Keep a personal journal or diary.
  2. Make a regular or digital scrapbook.
  3. Write a book.
  4. Make a family tree.

If you don’t have someone to leave these gifts with, inquire at your local historical society, genealogy society and libraries to see if you can leave it to them for posterity.  If you have more than one person who would like a copy, make photo copies for each person, but leave the original with someone.  Encourage your children and grandchildren to start their own now so they will have a love of these arts and will remember their whole lives.  As we say, “from generation-to-generation…”

Here is a beautiful poem about remembering that I came across on the Internet at Poemhunter.com.

Write things down to help you remember!

Remember This

By Kat Mercado

Remember where you came from.

Remember you name.

Remember where you have been.

Remember whom you have encountered.

Remember whom you have known,

Remember joyous moments.

Remember sorrows too.

Remember the choices you’ve chose,

Remember the mistakes you’ve made.

Remember all the lessons.

Remember the lessons you forgot.

Remember your Father.

Remember Mother.

Remember your Mentor.

Remember to remember.

Remember gratitude.

Remember to be humble.

Remember your heart.

Remember always to love.

Remember This

And now, today’s sour cream cake recipe!

 

Sour Cream Pumpkin Bundt Cake

 

SOUR CREAM PUMPKIN BUNDT CAKE

=============================

A surprise filling of brown sugar streusel makes this pumpkin-flavored cake a special treat. Save a bit of icing for drizzling over each serving of this wonderful cake!

STREUSEL:

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

2 teaspoons butter

COMBINE brown sugar, cinnamon and allspice in small bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly.

CAKE:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

4 large eggs

1 cup LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin

1 container (8 oz.) sour cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt pan.

COMBINE flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Beat granulated sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add pumpkin, sour cream and vanilla extract; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture.

TO ASSEMBLE: SPOON half of batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle Streusel over batter, not allowing Streusel to touch sides of pan. Top with remaining batter.

Make sure batter layer touches edges of pan.

BAKE for 55 to 60 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool for 30 minutes in pan on wire rack. Invert onto wire rack to cool completely. Drizzle with Glaze.

GLAZE:

COMBINE 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar and 2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice or milk in small bowl; stir until smooth.

Estimated Times:

Preparation – 12 minutes; Cooking – 55 minutes.

Yields 12 to 16 servings.


[1] http://www.bethhatfiloh.org/sermons.html, Rabbi Seth Goldstein

Advertisements

Make a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...

%d bloggers like this: