Monday, April 5, 2010

And then there were two in MoHOC…

This month at the MoHOC we faced an interesting challenge: the temporary loss of one of our members. Rae, the awesome yang to our yin found herself on a plane to Israel early march leaving Mitch and myself to run the show. What makes a Moishe house interesting is how members develop a following; Rae is well connected and liked in the local Jewish community, where Mitch and I are "newcomers" on the scene. Some of the first questions we received are, "So are the events still happening this month.." and "There is still a Moishe house right?" I never realized how we are such a unit, one of is sick and we post it on Facebook, again we are asked if everything is cancelled (of course this is after all the well wishing and offers of chicken soup). Needless to say our house didn't dissolve, the sky stayed in place, and our events went off without a hitch.

We hosted a very successful first Seder, I cooked most of the food while Mitch was at work and poof food appeared. In real time let's just say that I woke up 7:30 started the brisket so it could braise for 4 hours then rest, peeled and chopped, mashed and smashed, simmered and fried, boiled and whisked, then and only then POOF did food appear. I have never had the chance to cook for so many people with such diverse tastes. There are few places where such an interesting group can come together and share in one of the most special holidays, in a stranger's house that feels so much like home. Being able to host our own Seder was especially fun because it could be formatted to our needs.

One of the guests was pregnant and very hungry, in true Seder fashion we were just ready to roll at 7:15pm. We took a vote, eat first then do the service, or keep to tradition? Eating won. This proved to be a conversation piece the whole evening, prompting discussions on the meaning of Passover, family, community, and tradition. Our backwards Seder was a success, stuffed to the gills, the parsley on our Seder plate soothed our stomach, with a small portion of haroset acting as a simple desert.

The fun thing about being part of such an amazing group as Moishe House is that we get to start our own traditions, be it upside down, reverse, diagonal wise or the inverse, what makes a tradition memorable is what you take away from it. By breaking our usual method of service, serve food, eat – letting necessity guide our experience it made for one of the best Passovers both myself and our guests have ever had.

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