“The very first thing I saw this morning was a quote from Elie Weisel. “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
Food as Metaphor I have always seen food as metaphors, Black and White cookies ( I just made these last week) are not called Black, White and Grey cookies for a reason. I was recently challenged by a lesbian couple, ” We hurt for all sides” but continued posting things like ” but I didn’t see photos of the beheaded babies”. That is simply not going to fly with me, on so many levels. I was Jewsplained by someone who proceeded to lecture me on Jewish history but could only go back 50 years. I was infuriated but not surprised. I hope this is the last time I mention them, they are gone from my circle. There is a right and wrong. Young people tearing down posters believing they are propaganda is just mind numbing to me. Denial, maybe they think that is the name of the river Jordan in their chants.
Baking/cooking is a process. In its simplest terms, it is building one ingredient upon another to create a finished product. In my mind it has always been preparation ( mise en place) and assembly. Make the batter, adding one ingredient at a time, then bake the cookies. Cool the cookies. Frost one side, let it set, then frost the next side. It takes time and patience. There is no grey area. Baking differs from cooking as it is chemistry. Measurements matter. Cooking uses recipes, baking uses formulas.
One thing I appreciate: I appreciate those who although have been silent, not saying anything on a subject they have no personal relation to. Better to shut up and let us do what we need to do. Thank you for that. What I really appreciate, are those few individuals, who are in my life that want to learn. One wonderful Black man, a dearest friend not afraid to have the uncomfortable conversations, you know who are. We have always based our friendship on that.
Back to baking: I have said many times that what and how you add ingredients to your mixing bowl is crucial to the outcome of the dish. It can be good ingredients, or it can be poison. In relation to the war, Hamas meticulously curated the most harmful ingredients to its cookie batter. Disinformation, lies, unimaginable cruelty, grooming, posturing, buzz words like colonizer, genocide, oppressor’ narrative, occupation, and ethnic cleansing. This is the perfect antisemitic formula.
All under the guise of a delicious cookie, that people couldn’t resist biting into, the perfect poison. People whose ancestors or communities were oppressed jumped on the bandwagon and got in line to eat the poison cookies. They created a Black and White cookie of sorts. Let not forget the denial of the horrific rape and mutilation of Israeli women. They frosted the cookie with that.
The cookies I made were different, they were delicious. My ingredients, apart from the pasture raised eggs, were gluten free flour, vegan butter, and whatever else went in there. The ingredients and the intention were pure. The original recipe is for @goodforyouglutenfree. I made some edits such as using apple cider vinegar and vegan butter to the recipe. It can easily be found online. It has integrity. There is a right and wrong, a good vs evil. And that’s what this is all about. No one can tell our story but us, the Jewish people. I tell mine through food.
I could go on, but for now the day before Thanksgiving, I give thanks for family, good friends, and great gluten formulas.