Chodesh Tov! Today is Rosh Chodesh Kislev, the first day of the month of Kislev. A joyous month because it contains the holiday of Chanukah, coming in just over 3 weeks. On Chanukah in Israel the number one treat is sufganiyot, jelly doughnuts, and they start appearing in the stores now, and are eaten all month long (by some.) I was speaking to a wonderful neighbor last night and I told her doughnuts were not on my repetoire, we buy them. And she said, "Really? Ick! Fryed in all that dirty oil that you don't know how where it's been?" Hmmmm I thought, does sound pretty gross, but that didn't sway me into considering throwing balls of white flour dough into hot oil in my kitchen, at least not in this life?
So today I sent my five year old over to the same neighbor's with the potato head project so that she could have a look, and he came back with a plate of doughnuts! (Yes, the ones in the photo above.) You see, Rosh Chodesh is a special day, often honored by special meals and treats, and on Rosh Chodesh Kislev there is a tradition to eat doughnuts. Isn't it great to have neighbors that know how to do things you don't? And when my kids heard that I'd allow them to eat a doughnut now, well they broke out into spontaneous song and dance! And I'm happy to report, that out of three children 8 and under, only one of them requested a second doughnut, because even though they're good, if you're used to even a slightly healthy diet, they make you sick, like right away! Isn't that great?