Holy Humor – Joke of the Day The Pope and the Rabbi Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews had to convert to Catholicism or leave Italy. There was a huge outcry from the Jewish community, so the Pope offered a deal: he’d have a religious debate with the leader of the Jewish community. If the Jews won, they could stay in Italy; if the Pope won, they’d have to convert or leave.
The Jewish people met and picked an aged and wise rabbi to represent them in the debate. However, as the rabbi spoke no Italian, and the Pope spoke no Yiddish, they agreed that it would be a ‘silent’ debate.
On the chosen day the Pope and rabbi sat opposite each other. The Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers. The rabbi looked back and raised one finger. Next, the Pope waved his finger around his head. The rabbi pointed to the ground where he sat. The Pope brought out a communion wafer and a chalice of wine. The rabbi pulled out an apple. With that, the Pope stood up and declared himself beaten and said that the rabbi was too clever. The Jews could stay in Italy.
Later the cardinals met with the Pope and asked him what had happened. The Pope said, ‘First I held up three fingers to represent the Trinity. He responded by holding up a single finger to remind me there is still only one God common to both our beliefs. Then, I waved my finger around my head to show him that God was all around us. The rabbi responded by pointing to the ground to show that God was also right here with us. I pulled out the wine and wafer to show that God absolves us of all our sins, and the rabbi pulled out an apple to remind me of the original sin. He bested me at every move and I could not continue.’
Meanwhile, the Jewish community gathered to ask the rabbi how he’d won. ‘I haven’t a clue,’ said the rabbi. ‘First, he told me that we had three days to get out of Italy , so I gave him the finger. Then he tells me that the whole country would be cleared of Jews and I told him that we were staying right here.
‘And then what?’ asked a woman. ‘Who knows?’ said the rabbi. ‘He took out his lunch so I took out mine.’
Something on a Stick Day celebrates things on a stick. Food on a stick is awesome, don’t you think? You can pretty much figure out how to put just about any food on a stick. So, what sorts of food come on a stick? I have a cookbook that is ALL food on a stick – haven’t used it yet, but one day I will. Let’s see – the obvious ones come to mind . . . popsicles and fudgecicles. Corn Dogs, Thai Chcken Satay and kabobs. You can get appetizers like cheese and meat, or fruit, on sticks, and lately cake pops on sticks are extremely popular! You can get pretty much anything you eat at a fair on a stick. Celebrate this day by serving something on a stick! It makes food fun!
Weed Appreciation Day – You know, most people hate weeds. It stands to reason, right? I admit I’m not fond of them in my garden, but weeds serve a purpose. For example, Dandelion is considered to be a weed, and just about everyone has them and spends their lives trying to get rid of them, but Dandelions are an amazing food and medicinal herb! And that’s only one weed out of many that has nutritional or medicinal value and shouldn’t be discounted as useless or a nuisance. On this day, even if only on this day, appreciate the weeds that thrive through all sorts of weather and give them a chance to thrive – even if only for today.
National Black Forest Cake Day – Chocolate hits the spot pretty much any time, but when you combine the deliciousness of chocolate cake with the amazing sweetness of cherries, you get a flavor combination that is nearly unrivaled. It’s one of my Mom’s favorite cupcakes that I make – chocolate cake with a cherry filling and chocolate buttercream frosting. I admit, it’s bliss on a plate. Where though did this treat get its name? Well, what I found was that it gets its lname from Germany’s Black Forest region, where the cake’s signature kirsch (a type of fruit brandy) is produced from tart cherries.
Here are a few Black Forest ideas to satisfy YOUR sweet tooth today.
Well, it looks like food holidays take the day again! Sometimes those are the most fun, aren’t they? Between the food and the weeds, we’re just all set! Enjoy a piece of cake and something savory on a stick . . . I’m already enjoying my Dandelion while I sit here writing, in a cup of tea. Enoy and God Bless You! I’ll See You Tomorrow!