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Jr. Tales: Egg Salad And Meatballs

Chaim Finkelstein

“Don’t you remember four years ago when your mother had a baby right before Pesach? Your family managed just fine without her”

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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"I don’t think Purim is going to happen this year,” sighed Ari Grossman, sadly.

“What do you mean?” asked his best friend Yitz Lieber. “Purim is a fact. It’s on the calendar. It has to happen.”

Ari sighed again, even louder.

“Maybe in your house it’ll happen,” he said, “but definitely not in mine.”

Yitz scratched his head.

“What are you talking about, Ari?” he asked.

“What I mean is that in my house, my mother does everything for Purim. Purim is in three days, and just this morning my mother flew out to California to stay with my bubby in the hospital. She said we’ll be okay without her, but I know that if she’s not here there just won’t be any Purim in my house.”


Yitz tried to cheer up his friend.

“Calm down, Ari,” he said. “You’ll be fine without your mother. Don’t you remember four years ago when your mother had a baby right before Pesach? Your family managed just fine without her.”

Ari turned to his friend, his eyes wide open in amazement.

“Just fine?!” he cried, “Did you know that my older sister did the cooking for the Seder instead of my mother? Did you know that we ate egg salad and meatballs for Shulchan Oreich? Okay, it tasted pretty good for egg salad and meatballs, but the charoses literally made my teeth stick together like cement!”

“Okay,” said Yitz, “but that was four years ago. Your sisters were much younger. Besides, the food may not have been that great, but you still made it through Pesach. You’ll do the same thing for Purim this year too.”

Ari looked at Yitz in wide-eyed horror.

“You mean we’ll have cement charoses for the Purim seudah too?” he cried.

“Oh, Ari,” Yitz said, “that’s ridiculous!”

Ari covered his face with his hands.

“You’re right!” he groaned. “With my luck they’ll make the charoses for shalach manos. My family will be the laughingstock of the whole town.” (Excerpted from Mishpacha Jr., Issue 699)

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