From Aish.com some New Years Resolutions that the World has made.
Rosh Hashanah is not just the New Year for the Jewish people. It’s the New Year for the entire world. As a result, I, The World, have taken some time to reflect on the past year, and would like to improve myself, and make some resolutions for the year to come. So what follows are some of the Rosh Hashanah Resolutions that I made for myself – The Entire World.
I Will Not Call Hassan Rouhani a Moderate
This year, I promise not to pretend that Iran isn’t pursuing nuclear weapons. I resolve not to call the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani a “moderate” because he only occasionally talks about destroying Israel as opposed to talking about it every time there’s a microphone in his face like the previous guy. You have to understand though – it’s really tempting. He looks so nice and he smiles a lot, and military intervention would create a spike in world oil prices…but I won’t do it. OK, I will try my best. Come on, I’m not Houdini.
I Will Increase Acts of Loving Kindness
The only way The World is going to get better is if we all pitch in and increase acts of loving kindness. That could mean giving charity, visiting the sick, helping a friend in need, anything really. And the most admirable acts of loving kindness are those we perform for perfect strangers or people we don’t even get along with. For example, who remembers Tony Hayward, former CEO of British Petroleum who presided over the world’s largest oil spill back in 2010 and said that the amount of oil was “relatively tiny” adding, “You know, I’d like my life back”? Well this year for Rosh Hashanah I am going to bake Tony a honey cake. And I won’t even make any jokes referencing the fact that I will be baking the cake with apple sauce instead of oil. I won’t do it. That’s just the kind of World that I am.
I Will Stop Saying the Settlements are the Main Obstacle to Middle East Peace
OK, let me get this straight: a Jewish Israeli – let’s call him Dudu, legally buys a plot of undeveloped desert land, makes a few trips to Home Depot, moves in with his wife and 4 year old twins Shirah and Shiya and he is the main obstacle to Middle East peace? Oh, and Dudu cannot legally buy a home in Saudi Arabia or Iran or most Arab countries, but an Arab citizen of let’s say Nazareth can purchase property anywhere he wants in Israel. Some explain this to me? You know, this resolution is similar to my “saving more money for retirement” resolution that I make every year. It’s so simple and it makes so much sense, yet I never do it.
I Will Try to Cut Down on the Extreme Weather
I know that the increased floods, heat spells, hurricanes and melting polar ice caps have been annoying. Trust me, I’ve gotten an ear full from every major insurance company – not to mention the Island Nation of Maldives who are predicted to be underwater in 50 years. Those guys are really not happy. But you people have to do your part too. Controlling the weather is not as easy as it looks, you know. It’s kind of an art, really, and carbon emissions are very distracting for me. They totally throw me off my game. They’re like giving Picasso a box of Crayons. So I’ll do what I can about the weather, but you have to pitch in. Just sayin.
I Will Invest in More Israeli Start-ups
In 2013 alone Intel bought Israeli start-up Omek for $50 Million AOL acquired Adapt.tv for $405 million, IBM bought Trusteer for nearly $1 Billion, Google bought Waze for $1.1 Billion and Warren Buffett bought out Iscar for another $2 Billion. This year I will definitely invest in more Israeli start-ups so next year I can start cruisin’ in my new private jet. Wait, that’s not good for my carbon emissions resolution is it? Whatever, private jets are awesome – it’s totally worth it.
I Will Not Name Any More Arab Uprisings after Pleasant Seasons
What in the name of Mecca is going on in Egypt and Syria? Flashback: Who remembers when the media was falling all over itself, praising these revolutions as the dawn of a new Middle Eastern civilization? Now I don’t want to say I told you so, because that’s not the type of World that I am, but I was always against naming this “movement” after one of Mother Nature’s most pleasant seasons. Don’t get me wrong, spring is a beautiful time when we take picnics and go on bike rides and eat salad. But spring doesn’t last forever. The next thing you know, it’s hot and humid and you are irritable and the homeless guy on the subway is sweating all over you. So basically what I am saying is that right now Egypt and Syria are a sweaty homeless man. Let’s all deal with him appropriately.
I Will Call My Bubbie More Often
Yes The World has a Bubbie. She likes phone calls just like your Bubbie and makes a killer noddle pudding. I do call her, but what can I say – The World is busy. I know Bubbie, that’s no excuse.
And Finally…Odds and Ends
This year I will stop:
…biting my nails
…eating red meat
…stalking people on Twitter
…and watching the Real Housewives of Orange County (such a guilty pleasure)
A great Kugel recipe:
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 60 Minutes
Total Time: 75 Minutes
Kosher Key: Dairy
You will need:
large pot, food processor or blender, 9x13 baking dish
1 cup raisins (optional)
12 oz wide egg noodles
6 large eggs
1 lb sour cream (2 cups)
8 oz cottage cheese (1 cup)
8 oz cream cheese, softened (1 cup)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 tsp salt
Cinnamon and sugar for dusting
Nonstick cooking oil spray
Place a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Cover the raisins with hot water and let them soak to plump while you prepare the other ingredients.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the noodles to the pot, bring back to a boil, and let them cook till tender (not overly soft), about 5 minutes. Drain and return the cooked noodles to the pot.
In a food processor or blender, mix together the eggs, sour cream, cottage cheese, cream cheese, sugar, melted butter, and salt.
Drain the raisins and pat dry. Stir them into the noodles.
Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking oil. Pour the noodle mixture into the dish.
Top the kugel by sprinkling generously with sugar and lightly with cinnamon. Alternatively, you can use your favorite kugel topping (streusel, crushed graham crackers, cornflakes, etc.).
Bake the kugel for about 60 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking, till the center of the kugel is set and the tips of the noodles turn golden brown. Remove from the oven.
Let the kugel rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing. Kugel can be served warm or cold.
L'shanah tovah tikatev v'taihatem
May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year