Gershon Hepner
Gershon Hepner

Culinary Delight When You Are Four

After she had dined with her great father Abraham Joshua Heschel,
Suzie, four years old, declared the meal was ‘a culinary delight.’ For a young girl the pleasures of the flesh ‘ll provide far more delight than spirit from The Prophets or Torah min Hashamayim might, though mixing both when you are older is not treated, unlike mixing meat and milk, as trayf, as I presume fair Susannah will agree, now she is grown, no more a merely warmly welcomed waif.

While eating in the sukkah of Abby Robyn, the daughter of Sidney Eisenshtat, the architect of many distinguished synagogues, including Los Angeles’s Sinai Temple, I asked Abby whether she remembered her parents hosting Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel during his frequent summer trips to Los Angeles.  She said she remembered him very clearly. She recalled how after one of the meals that her mother, a gourmet cook, had served the good rabbi and his four-year-old daughter Suzie, the little girl, when asked by Mrs. Eisenshtat how she had enjoyed the meal, replied “It was a culinary delight!”

About the Author
Gershon Hepner is a poet who has written over 25,000 poems on subjects ranging from music to literature, politics to Torah. He grew up in England and moved to Los Angeles in 1976. Using his varied interests and experiences, he has authored dozens of papers in medical and academic journals, and authored "Legal Friction: Law, Narrative, and Identity Politics in Biblical Israel." He can be reached at gershonhepner@gmail.com.
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