great post! i take jewish holyadis and holy days for granted, being gentile and all ;) but growing up, my best friend sara was a "step jew"; her gentile father had married a jewish woman, and i got to attend passover seder once - quite an eye opening and beautiful holy celebration, even if her baptist, texan father kept a loaf of mrs. baird's white bread on the floor next to his chair so as not to have any leaven bread on the passover table. ha. i love that story. living in dallas, i fell in love with a diner called "deli news" with all of their billions of varieties of freshly made bagels (which i loved to take with lox and a schmeer) and their sumptious menu of kosher delights and delicacies. i adore kosher food, even if i can't rightly pronounce all of it. great post!