09.04.2011 05.Nisan, 5771
Two chefs, two ethnic backgrounds, two very different kinds of traditional recipes for the seder night.
Fruma Tzingel, the grandmother of chef Shmil Holland, was born in the late 19th century in Stavok, a small village near the town of Chichov in the Chelm region of Poland. She immigrated to Israel in 1949. After going through three circles of hell (the Petliura pogroms in Ukraine after World War I, the Holocaust and exile in Siberia ) she rebuilt her life here. After her husband died, she was afraid to sleep alone and began sharing a bedroom with her 16-year-old grandson. At night, before they closed their eyes, Fruma would bring the Jewish shtetl to life: the Chichov goose-pluckers' club, the mushrooms and seeds from the dark forests, buttery porridges, and special sweets for the Shavuot holiday. All these were rescued from oblivion by the power of Fruma's stories. In pre-Yom Kippur War Israel, such stories were generally scorned because they were from the diaspora, but Fruma's young grandson was utterly captivated by the lively, bustling world they depicted….