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How I Learned to Stop Complaining and Love Yom Tov

Being the balaboosta is not a simple task, as she must oversee all aspects of the project from start to finish. Over 30 odd years of running my home kitchen, I have learned how to stop complaining and love Yom Tov through repeated failures and successes. Full Story

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Good article
April 2, 2024 9:42 pm

Thanks.
This was a great article..lots of good true points..I smiled throughout..thank you.gut yom tov !!

Amazing Advice!
April 2, 2024 9:43 pm

Thank you for your post!! You’ve shared very helpful advice!! Greatly appreciated!

Sara
April 2, 2024 9:47 pm

Thank you so much for this beautiful, validating article.
I have always groaned my way through the holidays so I love to see that there is a better way.

Love this!
April 2, 2024 9:51 pm

Great article!

Well said
April 2, 2024 10:19 pm

Thank you!

Honest and smart
April 2, 2024 11:05 pm

So refreshing to hear it from a real perspective vs an “influencer”. TFS

Thanks just what I needed!
April 2, 2024 11:11 pm

Just what I needed

Is she serious?
April 3, 2024 1:27 am

If people need these instructions we’ve really lost all hope! It would’ve been nice to see something about encouraging people to invite others for even a simple meal as being the most important – good company and helping other in need should be enough rather than pushing yourself to cook for yourself to the point that you’re too tired to even attend a shiur or shul (even if going is not necessary for yourself, it sets a good example for your kids).

Shoshanna Silcove
Reply to  Is she serious?
April 4, 2024 3:54 pm

Everyone is different. My approach is not for everyone. You do you!

Not nice
Reply to  Is she serious?
April 4, 2024 4:34 pm

Your response is very judgmental and unkind

Shoshanna Silcove
Reply to  Not nice
April 4, 2024 11:45 pm

My point was actually the opposite. NO judgement at all.

Back to Basics
April 3, 2024 2:08 am

On point!
This guide removes (the often) unrealistic expectations as well as the entitlement and pressure that so often creates (unnecessary) stress and chaos from attempting to imitate someone else’s life or engaging with the constant competition out there ‘to do one better’.
Wishing you all a restful and peaceful Chag Sameach.

thank you!
April 3, 2024 4:17 am

this is great! nothing like hearing words of wisdom that come from experience. thank you so much, so down to earth and full of real practical wisdom.

Yes,but...
April 3, 2024 7:43 am

Great article, written with humor and good ideas…however, not every woman has a designated Pesach kitchen where she can cook and freeze in advance…and a DISHWASHER? Well, I guess that would be her husband,,,because unless you have a Pesach kitchen, who has a Pesach dishwasher?

She wrote Yom Tov - not necessarily Pesach
Reply to  Yes,but...
April 3, 2024 12:35 pm

She might be giving tips for Sukkos/R”H/Shavuos and Pesach…..

Shoshanna Silcove
Reply to  She wrote Yom Tov - not necessarily Pesach
April 4, 2024 3:56 pm

Pesach is a unique Yom Tov and not all the tips in this article apply to everyone’s circumstances. Maybe I’ll write an article about Pesach for next time!

Loved this!
April 3, 2024 8:55 am

So beautifully written and spoke right to me! Thanks for sharing ❤️

Excellent Advice.
April 4, 2024 11:57 am

Hi, Shoshana. I remember you from your old Crown-heights days. So glad to see you’re as spunky as ever! Great advice, and in my opinion, incontrovertible. To the reviewer “ARE You Serious,” I’m glad you’re so perfect that Shoshana’s thoughts annoy you. Most of the rest of us are not. BTW, having the 45 guests she mentioned come share seudos yom-tov with you is NOT what I call cooking for “yourself.” Nor do I see it as appropriate to take noisy children to shul if you cannot make sure they aren’t disturbing other mispallelim. This is not my opinion, it… Read more »

Shoshanna Silcove
Reply to  Excellent Advice.
April 4, 2024 3:58 pm

Hi, would love to know who you are and get in touch. [email protected] Email me?

Just to add
April 4, 2024 4:44 pm

I’ve also been making Pesach for well over 30 years, and I want to note an additional helpful tip: Use Lists! I have lists for Pesach in my computer detailing cleaning, shopping and menus. After Yom Tov I go through these again and write what I bought too much of, what I needed more of, which recipes did and didn’t work, what I have stored for next year and what I need to replace. For example, this year I need a new citrus juicer and more aluminum foil, but I don’t need disposable dishes or coffee because they’re in my… Read more »

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