This week we get a glimpse into Brandi's hometown and family. It was touching to see the moments between her father and her. I have never met her father, but I get the sense they are probably very similar and perhaps that's why they clash at times. No doubt there is a lot of love there. Seeing the two of them together made me miss my Dad.
Shabbat dinner is something that we do once a month. When I converted (I went through an Orthodox conversion but we are Reformed) and we got married, I had intended to have Shabbat in our home every week. That didn't last long. It was impossible to coordinate with a big family. There was always something someone HAD to do. Either work, a friends birthday, etc. . .I admire those that keep Shabbat every week and do not allow anything to interfere with it. It is such a beautiful way to stay connected to friends and family and force yourself to slow down. My kids love having everyone to our home and helping cook in the kitchen.
I am actually a very good cook (if I may say so myself). I just don't know that many recipes. What I DO know I am good at. I have good instincts, but I wanted to broaden my menu so to speak. I took some cooking classes with Aine so I could learn more recipes that are healthy. It's a lot of fun and now each Shabbat I try something new I learned.
My friend Michele was converting at our temple with our rabbi and would share what she was learning each week. When she told me that you're supposed to have sex each Shabbat we all laughed. I didn't know if she was joking or not. It certainly is not mandatory but I like to think it is. Wink wink. Shabbat Shalom!