Have you ever noticed how the nine days equal an increase in television watching and computer time? With the pool closed off for fun and entertainment, and the block on most public forms of enjoyment including the standard summer BBQ, we are often left feeling more bored then emotionally moved.
On Tisha B’Av, we may watch a film to inspire, or depress ourselves, but the only thing I find depressing during the Nine Days is my overflowing laundry basket. So how can we entertain our children and find some spiritual meaning in a week that is as busy as every other?
After trying to figure out what I would be doing with my children this week, I realized that I am so grateful that the Nine Days are not as depressing as they used to be. Despite what the newspapers have been telling us over the last 2 weeks about Iran, I choose to feel positive about the future of our country and that the galut is almost at an end.
So this week we are going to focus on the achievements of Israel so far. We are going to talk about the technological advancements in every field, we are going to bake something delicious and dairy for our soldiers and we are going to really discuss what it would mean to have the Temple and even the debate about visiting the Temple Mount. This is the best way that I feel I can translate to my family the pride in our accomplishments but the fact that we are not quite there yet. We may go out for frozen yogurt, we may watch movies and hang out on the computer or in the park with a dairy picnic, but part of being on the way to redemption is to celebrate that I get to live here as a Jew, with my family and get to enjoy the “every day”.
Chewy Almond Lemon Cookies
1 ½ cups almond butter, cold and stirred to incorporate the oil
1 cup Demerara sugar
¼ tsp salt
2 tsps. baking soda
2 large egg whites
¼ tsp vanilla
zest & juice 1 lemon
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
- In one bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy. In a second bowl, mix the almond butter, sugar and salt, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla. Gradually fold into the egg whites.
- Using a tablespoon, portion the cookies onto a cookie sheet and bake until brown around the edges, 15 minutes
- Serve the cookies with a covering of lemon curd. For the recipe click here http://www.lilyaronin.com/#!meyer-lemon-curd/c24e2