Showing posts from February, 2011

Kosher cooking

Matthue Roth posted this below in quotes during the week about Australia's Top Kosher Chef and then I will have some comments on kosher things and you!

And new to our book shop is Master Chefs cooking kosher.

How timely! And yours if you want on sale, too. Doubly good. This from Roth:

"Just in case you weren’t ready to have your mind blown, turn back now. The following video is a commercial for a kosher cooking competition. In Australia. Like “Iron Chef” or “Top Chef” or “Man V. Food” — well, probably not so much like “Man V. Food,” but I still can’t believe that show exists, let alone that the host is pals with my coworker Jeremy. One thing you have to understand before you watch the video is that “MasterChef,” Australia’s version of the aforementioned shows, is the most popular programme in the country. Its finale was rated higher than the Olympics.

You might think Darth Vader is narrating, but it…

Confession: The Jewish view on the Catholic iPhone app

An article from the NY Times written by Laurie Goodstein is entitled “App Can’t Replace Confession, Vatican Says”

She reports, “A new application being sold on iTunes, “Confession: a Roman Catholic App,” cannot be used as a substitute for confession with a priest, the Vatican said Wednesday. The application was developed by American entrepreneurs with the help of two priests and the blessing of a bishop. It features a questionnaire of sins, and is promoted as a tool both to revive interest in confession and to help Catholics prepare for the sacrament. But some media reports cast the app as a “virtual priest” for Catholics who do not have time for church, prompting the Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, to respond, “One cannot speak in any way of ‘confession by iPhone.’ ”

Wow, confession that doesn’t count. 

Maybe I should wait until Yom Kippur to share this, but I have to let you in on something. God is always available. You don’t need a pope or a bishop; a poet or a king…

Earthquake and rescue

The world is glued to the television as another country like Chile and Korea and Haiti cops another devastating earthquake. This time it's New Zealand and the major city on the South Island, Christchurch. Yesterday's 6.3 magnitude earthquake has left a country reeling.

The death toll from Tuesday's quake now stands at 75, with another 300 people missing in the rubble of the shattered New Zealand city.
Julia Gillard is the Australian prime minister and is sending over 300 federal police who will be there to relieve their New Zealand colleagues, and will not be assisting in the rescue efforts.
"Those police officers will go to assist with community policing. They are not going for search and rescue purposes, the search and rescue is being undertaken by the specialist teams we have (already) provided," she said.

The blogosphere is going viral with images from there and comments like, "My heart goes out to you New Zealand.  You are in our thoughts and prayers"



In a convent in Ireland, the 98-year-old Mother Superior lay dying. The nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her last journey comfortable.
They tried giving her warm milk to drink but she refused it. One of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen.
Then, remembering a bottle of Irish Whiskey that had been received as a gift ...the previous Christmas, she opened it and poured a generous amount into the warm milk.
Back at Mother Superior's bed, they held the glass to her lips. The frail nun drank a little, then a little more and before they knew it, she had finished the whole glass down to the last drop.
As her eyes brightened, the nuns thought it would be a good opportunity to have one last talk with their spiritual leader.
"Mother," the nuns asked earnestly, "Please give us some of your wisdom before you leave us."
She raised herself up in bed on one elbow, looked at them and said, "Don't sell that cow."

Live on TV

Right now, for the next 50 minutes on television or internet streaming, you can catch the interview with a couple from Michigan. Enjoy!