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This week’s Jewish terminology word is: a yummy a delicious English word treat… macaroon . Or as I like to call more more and yes please I’ll take a few 10 or 20 more of these delicious delightful treats.
Fun fact: I do have a bit of a sweet tooth. In my more active and younger years, I used to jokingly say “anything sweet can not be bad?!” Well, at this season in life, I will gladly admit …. mmmm mmm that was not true at all. But, I sure did enjoy my sweets. Now course, I am more cautious about what I eat. Not just for weight reason, both spiritual and physical health. I used to allow myself literally a dinner meal twice a month of every sweet cake and cookie I wanted. Of course back then I used to average runs of 40 miles a week , not to include military workouts. So yeah that has changed.
Anyhow, let’s get back on topic…. oh yeah the Jewish word of the week.. macaroon.
I think it’s funny how this is actually an english word meaning: A macaroon is a small cake or biscuit, typically made from ground almonds, coconut or other nuts, with sugar and sometimes flavourings, food colouring, glacé cherries, jam or a chocolate coating; or a combination of these or other ingredients. Some recipes use sweetened condensed milk. Macaroons are sometimes baked on edible rice paper placed on a baking tray.
Which makes me wonder; how did this treat end up in our Jewish Terminology Book?
While according to wikipedia which isn’t the most reliable source the history of the macaroon is:
Culinary historians write that macaroons can be traced to an Italian monastery of the 8th or 9th century. The monks came to France in 1533, joined by the pastry chefs of Catherine de’ Medici, wife of King Henry II. Later, two Benedictine nuns, Sister Marguerite and Sister Marie-Elisabeth, came to Nancy seeking asylum during the French Revolution. The two women paid for their housing by baking and selling macaroons, and thus became known as the “Macaroon Sisters”.
Italian Jews later adopted macaroons because it has no flour or leavening (macaroons are leavened by egg whites) and can be eaten during the eight-day observation of Passover. It was introduced to other European Jews, and became popular as a year-round sweet.
So not only has Italy given us great pastas, but also great deserts!
Apparently, several different nations have their own version of this fun yummy treat to list a few: United States, Scotland, United Kingdom, Turkey, and Spain! ole! that’s a joke by the way… I tried.
This week’s Jewish terminology word is: macaroon
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words by Joyce Eisenberg, and Ellen Scolnic, 2001 copyright 1st edition; defines our Jewish terminology word of the week as:
An english noun for a flourless, chewy ball-shaped cookie made with ground nuts, coconut, egg whites, and other ingredients. Macaroons come in many flavors, such as chocolate chip, chocolate covered, and almond. Because they contain no flour or yeast, macaroons are pesachdik and therefore a favorite Pesach treat.
I think this Pesach I will be trying some meals from this article 10 Delicious Sephardic Passover Recipes. Mm mm mm. I am looking forward to this.
For those interested in learning about Passover or Pesach I have linked a wonderful article from Chabad.org and enclose a caption for other to enjoy. Please click on link to learn and search for more.
The eight-day Jewish holiday of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan, April 5 – 13, 2023. Passover (Pesach) commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Pesach is observed by avoiding leaven, and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.
In Hebrew it is known as Pesach (which means “to pass over”), because G‑d passed over the Jewish homes when killing the Egyptian firstborn on the very first Passover eve.
Passover is divided into two parts:
The first two days and last two days (the latter commemorating the splitting of the Red Sea) are full-fledged holidays. Holiday candles are lit at night, and kiddush and sumptuous holiday meals are enjoyed on both nights and days. We don’t go to work, drive, write, or switch on or off electric devices. We are permitted to cook and to carry outdoors (click here for the details).
The middle four days are called Chol Hamoed, semi-festive “intermediate days,” when most forms of work are permitted.
Also for the enjoyment and learning to continue, here is a wonderful teaching I have found By Rabbi Chaim Coffman titled Passover Insights. Check it out! I think others might enjoy and learn even more wonderful great things about the Jewish Faith, people, and relationship with HaShem Our Father in Heaven, Our King, and Savior. #thankyouHaShem
I also found a cute video on how to make macaroons! mm mm mm!
Let me know if you tried out the recipe?
This should be such a sweet Passover (zeesen Pesach) It’s all coming together!
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