Pre-Tisha-B’Av Scrumptious Dairy Food Celebration?
Last Thursday night we entered the 9 Days of mourning leading up to the anniversary of the destruction of the Temple, Tisha B’Av. Tisha b’Av is the saddest day of the Jewish calendar when we remember all the tragedies suffered by the Jewish people during this long and bitter exile.
During these 9 Days, in keeping with the atmosphere of mourning, we Jews are forbidden to do things that are fun and pleasurable–such as swimming, buying new clothing, and drinking wine and eating meat.
That means that this week all over the world JewishMOMs are cooking dairy meals, and all the Jewish magazines include recipes to prepare for our families.
I read Binah Magazine every single week and really enjoy it, but I was a bit taken aback that their choice of cover for the 9 Days is “Foolproof Crepes for the Nine Days.” Prepare for Tisha b’Av with Sweet Cheese Blintzes and Blueberry Sauce and Sweet Potato Ricotta Crepes!
And that’s not all, an insert from Mehadrin promises “9 Scrumptious Recipes for the 9 Days.” Really? Scrumptious recipes for the 9 days? With recipes for “Spinach Stuffed Shells with a Horseradish Kick,” “Fruity Empanadas served with Ice Cream,” and “Iced Java Blend with Torino/Caramel Creme.”
Just wondering…does this bother you? Has Binah Magazine gone overboard or have I? When our Sages forbade meat during the 9 days, maybe they meant exactly that, and what’s wrong with Sweet Potato Ricotta Crepes washed down with a frosty Iced Java Blend with Torino/Caramel Creme?
And I am also curious, as someone who has a hard time connecting with these days of mourning, how you personally make these 9 days meaningful…