The Best Thing About Gefilte Fish...is that my Mother-in-law can't over cook it!
Whether you take it in a small patty or in those little fish balls in a jar, I will tell all the Gentiles out there (Gentile is polite for goyim), I will tell you that it is definitely an ‘acquired' taste.
When acquiring a taste you add a little spice (whether red horse radish or white) and some unleavened bread (tasteless matzos) and bingo...you are off and running and rest assured that will one day you will consume this and sit back, take a sip of some wine, look around the dinner table and feel that life is good!
It is good because you would have been sharing this culinary delight as part of a family ritual that dates back centuries. As the Jewish community (of which I proudly count myself and my family among them), celebrates the Passover Holiday enjoying Seder (family dinner), one can only feel a sense of appreciation.
Like Gefilte Fish (which does not resemble a fish at all), we should not be so quick to judge others and we should be ever so grateful for our family and the people who love us. I take comfort in being judged by God one day and by being loved and not judged by those who know and love me. I judge not Gefilte Fish (or my mother-in-laws double cooked brisket) as I learned to not only acquire a taste for it, but I love it and look forward to it.
As I work to help people make good decisions about buying and selling real estate, I take heart in knowing that it is very important to me and to them. So as you consider judging yourself or others during these challenging times we face, be mindful of what is important. We must not only persevere, we must also trust that those who know us and love us don't judge us. Supporting people you care about makes all the difference and I am grateful to have the support of so many. After having acquired a taste for Gefilte Fish, I learned that trying new things and trusting myself can make a difference. And I want to make a difference for others.
Have a Blessed Passover and Easter!