Sunday, September 8, 2013

A modest proposal

Shanah tovah!

By a show of hands, who is in favor of the following proposal:

Every one of our illustrious politicians who voted to extend daylight savings time into October – and thereby added a very unwelcome extra hour to today’s fast – should be forced to fast for an additional TWO hours this evening…

Winking smile

And in the meantime, in keeping with a long-standing Our Shiputzim tradition, here’s the requisite fast day food post:

As I’ve noted several times, the dessert situation tends to improve dramatically here in TRLEOOB (=the real life equivalent of our blog) during the summer months, when the talented Shiputzim bakers have some extra time on their hands.

This past summer, one of the aforementioned bakers whipped up these yummy treats:





Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Adapted from here.


  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1½ cups oats
  • 1¼ cups rice krispies
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1½ cups chocolate chips


Combine the oil and the sugars. Mix in honey, vanilla, and the egg. Add flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Add oats, rice krispies, almonds, and chocolate chips.

Spread the batter into a baking-paper-lined 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until the bars are lightly browned.

Cut into bars and let cool in pan.

!צום קל ומועיל


  1. Looks like something my daughter would like.

    My ex-babysitter posted that she missed her bus because her phone thought it was one time and the reality was an hour off. Oooops.

    1. Leora - Many people had very similar experiences yesterday! (That's the one advantage to not having a smartphone... ;-) )

  2. I'd just like to point out that the sun rose and set at the same exact moment on the fast, regardless of what the time on your clock read. There are no "extra" hours to the fast -- we don't have that kind of mastery over time.

    1. Richie Sevrinsky - Of course, you're right. But daylight savings time means an extra hour of fasting during waking hours on Tzom Gedaliah. (And possibly on Yom Kippur as well - if Shacharit in your shul is starting at the same time as other years.)
      Gmar chatimah tovah!

  3. I do like your recipes.

    What is Rice crispies in Ivrit (i.e what should I buy)

    re: the daylight saving, not only is the problem with Yom Kippur, but apparently during October people will have problems with Shacharit. Those who leave early for work will not be able to doven before 6:30, not to speak of getting up for school in the dark.

    1. Hi Keren!

      Rice krispies are usually called דגני בוקר פצפוצי אורז or just פצפוצי אורז. (We managed to find Shop Rite brand "Crispy Rice" in our supermarket, but I imagine that the Israeli equivalent should work fine too.)

      Good point about Shacharit.

  4. Yum . . . Hmmm probably too late to make these now, but there is always next week . . .

    Chag Sameach!

    1. Thanks, Laura. I hope you and your family are having a wonderful and joyous Succot!


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