Meet Ruti Mizrachi. Actually, I would love to meet Ruti Mizrachi. She’s one of those women out there in the blogosphere that when she writes, her words go directly from the computer screen into my heart. I started reading her blog, Ki Yachol Nuchal (We Can Surely Do It), only a little over a year ago, but I feel like I’ve known her forever, even though we have never met in person. Ruti is someone I truly do admire. Her life is all about choices. She chose how she wants to live, where she wants to live and with whom, and she sticks by those choices with such a joy, with no regrets, in such a way that I would love to be the Grasshopper to her Master Po.
Meet Varda Epstein. Varda and I are landsmen. That means our families come from the same area in Eastern Europe. In fact, we share a cousin, Judy, who is the keeper of my family tree. Varda and I met on the Internet, in the Israelfood group. We email each other back and forth, yatter on Facebook and have even met once for breakfast. The two of us have a lot in common, a love of food, a love of family and a love of playing Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook. It’s a family addiction, apparently.
Meet Leora Wenger. I started reading her blog about a year ago, mainly because some of my favorite bloggers were mentioning her blog, Here in the HP, and I was curious. And it’s a bit embarrassing to say (but when did I ever let that stop me), but originally, I thought her blog had something to do with Hewlett-Packard. I never really thought I was that much of a computer geek, but when you say HP, that’s the first thing that comes to mind. Considering that I think I’m such a foodie, I’m adding insult to self-injury by admitting that I didn’t immediately think of HP Sauce either. What I will proudly admit to is that I’m a native Nu Yawker, and excluding the two times I’ve been to Newark Airport, I’ve only been to New Jersey twice in my life, so the connection with Highland Park never popped into my head. But thanks to Leora and her glorious photography, I’m starting to learn that New Jersey is not all turnpikes, toxic chemical processing plants and strip malls. You can get quite an education reading Leora’s blog, and not just about New Jersey…
Meet Richard Rusch. We both grew up in the Bronx, minutes away from each other, but only met years later, in 2002, and where else, on the Internet. Richard is one of the founding members of Recipezaar, and when he heard I was coming to the Bronx to visit my parents he insisted we meet up.
“Are you meshugah, Miraleh?” my Jewish mother shrieked. “You have no idea who this man is, he will kill you.”
“Are you insane, Richard?” his Italian mother shrieked. “You have no idea who this woman is, she will kill you.