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  •  I did a quick scan of the traditions again (8+ / 0-)

    and yes, as asterkitty mentioned above, something nice and healthy would be welcome I would think - it seems like there is a lot of sweets, fruit, and carbs featured on websites as examples of things to bring. Probably this is because they are non-perishable, but some veggies would sound great after a while!

    You said the air was singing / it's calling you, you don't believe / These things you've never seen / Never heard, never dreamed.

    by CayceP on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 07:12:19 PM PDT

    •  Thank you so much (7+ / 0-)

      for taking the time.  I may bake my challah (which is astonishingly excellent for an Irish/mongrel) and bring fruit and veggies (because of your excellent suggestion).

      " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 07:22:25 PM PDT

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      •  Having been on the receiving end (2+ / 0-)
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        CayceP, ladybug53

        several times, I can tell you that fresh fruit is deeply appreciated.

        Other things to expect to see: the family will be wearing socks or soft slippers, no shoes (I'm still not sure why), and small buttons covered with black grosgrain ribbon, with a cut in it. These are the equivalent of black armbands.

        Also, the men will most likely be unshaven. Not sure how observant this family is, but they generally don't shave at least until the end of the shiva period (3-7 days). Some will not shave for a month.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 06:08:27 AM PDT

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