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What are some favorite memories you have of Sandy?
I also for some reason have this impressionistic memory from when I was a little boy. I had come home from school or summer camp. It was raining out, and I was wet. I walked into the house and saw her over by the fireplace, and walked over there. She just beamed at me for no particular reason and gave me a huge hug. It wasn't a big life milestone moment or a holiday. And I have no idea why my brain remembered that instance as opposed to thousands of others but it's vivid and makes me smile whenever I recall it.
What have you learned from Sandy?
It's never too late to start a new career or go back to school
Nixon was a bad man
Gezpacho is best with avocado in it
No one deserves to be treated rudely
You're never too old to hold hands with your mommy
Meatloaf must always have a layer of ketchup on top
Reproductive rights are a key to women's empowerment around the world
What six words best describe Sandy?
What are Sandy's greatest writings?
But I once asked Ma what she was proudest of and she said, The Haggadah. And I cant argue with that. Here's what I wrote about it for Beliefnet a few years back:
Passover is by far our favorite Jewish holiday — not so much because I’m pleased the Hebrews escaped Egypt (though I am) but because it is associated with the most loving, quirky family traditions and memories.
Like most traditions, they will seem banal or un-funny to those who aren’t there, but I cant help but smile when I think about…
The annual debate over whether gefilte fish is repulsive or divine (and the inevitable compromise that it all depends on how much horseradish you apply)…
The violent rush of screaming kids searching for the afikomen, and the increasingly teenaged reactions from the winner, “Pwnd!”…
My wife (who is Christian) worrying about whether her matzoh balls are Jewish enough and light enough. Her anxiety peaked the year she used a Heroset recipe from Martha Stewart, (“Fruit and Nut Spread”..).
Necktie or nice sweater?
Oldsters searching for reading glasses…
My brother’s annual suggestion that gefilte fish would gain more popular acceptance if we called it “European fish pate.”…
But most important is the Waldman Family Haggadah itself. My mom, a gifted writer, pulled this together years ago, and updates it each year. It’s an idiosyncratic collection of classic Passover stories and songs, contemporary Jewish writings (such as a passage from the Diary of Anne Frank), celebrations of family achievements, remembrances of friends and family who have passed, and a paragraph or two of hilariously inappropriate political commentary.
What were the most famous Sandy dinners growing up?
Meatloaf with ketchup on the top
Filet of sole with butter
Baked potato with sour cream
Chicken cutlets baked with breadcrumbs
Hamburgers with hush puppies cooked in the toaster oven
Brisket a la tomato juice
Gezpacho with avacado
London broil (dad's specialty)