This week on the podcast we’re talking about White Walls: A memoir about motherhood, daughter, and the mess in between by Judy Batalion. And for our second topic we’re doing a mini-seder, sharing some questions and answers about things from the seder.
White Walls by Judy Batalion
The Messiness of Hoarding and Motherhood by Judy Bolton-Fasman in the Forward
Out of Faith documentary
Hoarding Disorder from DSM-5 300.3 (F42)
Dressing as Elijah & Pouring Out Love, Three customs regarding the seder verses “Pour Out Thy Wrath” by Rabbi David Golinkin in MyJewishLearning
Zahava recommends Ricciarelli di Siena (Siena Almond Cookies)
Might or might not be from the NY Times. Makes 24 cookies.
2 egg whites
1.25 c granulated sugar
Freshly grated zest of 1 orange
1 tsp almond extract (Zahava’s Mom’s note: if available for Pesach)
1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla sugar
10 oz ground blanched almonds
1/4 c matza cake flour
2 tbsp butter or margarine
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat egg whites with salt until stiff and dry. Gradually add 1 c sugar and beat to marshmallow consistency. Add orange zest, almond extract, and vanilla extract. Last, add ground almonds. Mix until it is a rather hard paste.
Mix cake flour with 1/4 c sugar. Generously grease baking sheet with margarine or butter and sprinkle with flour/sugar mixture.
Divide almond paste into 24 equal balls and shape each into a diamond. Place 2″ apart on baking sheet and bake 12-13 minutes. Remove from oven while still white and sprinkle immediately with confectioner’s sugar before letting cool.
Mimi recommends Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond which she is reading for the T’ruah book club.
Tamar recommends the BY Times books by Leah Klein. Follow Tamar’s BY Times instagram at #bytimesinourtimes and the 99% Invisible episode The White Elephant of Tel Aviv about the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station. The episode was originally produced by Israel Story.