4 Sons & Sons

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Eleh Shemot/Shabat Ha-Gadol

Well, the Saintly Woman no longer likes that appellation, so as a last hurrah for that nickname I thought I would reveal the origin of the name and how it relates (as all things do) to Pesah.

Everyone has their own little minhagim (customs). Whether you thank everyone before kiddush, or make the same constipation joke after kiddush each year, everyone does something a little different. At the Tam household, every Shabat ha-Gadol, we read Efrayim Kishon stories aloud. We begin with "A Little Spring Cleaning", his tribute to the insanity inspired by Pesach cleaning even among the secular. We then revisit other old favorites like "Jewish Poker", Shopping at the Super" and the "Silver Frenzy". In our estimation, his best collection translated into English is "Look Back, Mrs. Lot" which we lent to Skully before her move.

To those of you out there who are unfamiliar with Kishon's work, you can get a little taste over at Shai's blog who posted a tribute after Kishon passed away this past year. And those who are in the know will remember that Mr. Kishon would lovingly refer to his wife as "The Saintly Woman."

Anyone else have any favorite Kishon? Or weird Pesach minhagim? Or suggestions on what to call the S.W.?


At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Dob said...

al pnei hamayim?

al taarotz?

Anan Edim?

anavat ruach?

Of haShomayim?
sefer katan ?

At 2:27 PM, Anonymous ervinke said...

where is tam in all this?


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