Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Chassidic Story About Coffee

Excerpt from The Jewish Spirit Journal:

The daughter of Rabbi Meir of Premishlan told this story:

She used to prepare coffee for her father, Rabbi Meir, every day. One day, her sister said to her, "why don't you let me have the mitzvah for once?" So she let her sister prepare the coffee that day.

But when she offered the cup to her father, he pushed it away; he didn't want to drink it. When she asked him why, he said,

"If you want to serve me coffee, you have to know how to do it. First, one puts in the coffee, which is the aspect of judgment; then, one puts in the sugar, which is the aspect of sweetening judgment. But you put them in the reverse order! You put the sugar in and then the coffee. So the judgments are floating on top!"

More Chassidic stories about coffee can be found here.


At May 10, 2006 at 11:02:00 AM EDT, Blogger Philly Farmgirl said...

Oh wow, I don't think I shall ever make coffee the same. Very nice story.

At May 10, 2006 at 12:22:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Yep, now you know how to do it....milk, coffee, and then sugar :)

At May 10, 2006 at 5:29:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rev Leyvi Yitzchok Berdichever zy"o says, that milach (milk) and kave (coffee) are alluding to mikve and therefore should be poured in corresponding order (first milk, than coffee). However it obviously will require an extra cup from you where you will make the coffee first (in the case of instant coffee, of course).

At May 10, 2006 at 6:37:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I once went off coffee - it was possible. No withdrawal.

But then I read some good things about coffee, and how just 2 cups a day would not harm, but instead be good. I very much like coffee and coffee flavored ices and parve ice cream.

I make mine with 1) soy milk/creamer, 2) coffee (instant with Pesach hecksher), (3) sugar, then the calm boiled water.

When I use drip coffee (organic* only), first is soymilk warmed, placed into a small pot and placed under the dripper, then the coffee drips into the warmed soymilk. This turns out to be so delicious.

I say coffee is the non-alcohol drinker's drink.

*Organic coffee does not contain the same chemicals used to keep the roaches and other bugs away. It's usually sundried. The flavor is richer than regular. Those chemicals are a killer, just like the over 500 chems added to cigarettes. It's the chems that kill you.

How's your wife?

At May 11, 2006 at 6:37:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Thanks, A Yid!

At May 17, 2006 at 3:09:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife has been trying to get me to quit coffee for a long time. Maybe I'll tell her this maaseh and see if it helps.

At May 18, 2006 at 6:52:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Michoel: Why does she want you to give up coffee?


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