Monday, February 26, 2007

Uncle Artur Wants YOU…


To send more HoHos to Belarus!

Thanks to Sarah Edelsburg, a much-needed package of goodies arrived from the U.S. After 6 weeks in transit from New York, a box arrived to the Minsk Jewish Campus filled with Eritchka’s favorites such as Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, microwave popcorn, and most importantly, HoHos.

For more information on sending more gifts like this to Eritchka at the Minsk Jewish Campus, please see MJC Contact Info.

8 comments:

BEING HAD said...

We received a gift package full of these sorts of things like you mention from a friend in Indiana; Poptarts, tootsie rolls, pop rox, Sove Top Stuffing. I don't know. I think one of the things that sort of special about being in Belarus is that it is a culture apart from the west. They don't really do brand name, generic, factory candies out here. Ok, yes, the candies and such that they do make is from local sweet factories. But in any case I think that you can get pretty good cookies and candies from the bread shop that is here. Or maybe even I could say that we make pretty good cookies and cakes in the kitchen. Now this is really bel;arus; doing it yourself. I don't know, no prize to me in that stuff.

Sarah said...

ooooh ouch, that previous post hurts. I just wanted to send something fun from home, as a reminder that erica's friends miss her. I agree that it's very important to have a fully immersed cultural experience, but some peanut butter cups every once and awhile won't hurt.

Eritchka, I'm soooo flattered that my name made it to your blog! Thank you so much!! that post is hilarious!! Its kinda strange that i'm now famous - or infamous - in your office! i hope everyone else isn't too upset by the invasion of american food! anyway, you'll probably go through that stuff in a week or 2, and then it's back to Belarussian food! you can enjoy those cookies and candies from the bread shop near you!

love you and miss you!
:) sarahleh

BEING HAD said...

I didn't mean to hurt anyone and I am sure the gift was made from nothing but kind intentions. But on the other hand it is actually when you consider the differences in the standard of living and in the culture itself, I am of the mind that staying here is better without. Now I am based down here in Pinsk, and we have the new Yeshiva here so there have been about two dozen or so Israelis, Americans and English boys come out here. Now issues of kashroot I will give you, but the endless supplies they receive and the obscene amounts of money they spend on things just for their own personal comfort gets a bit grating. I am not jealous, I just think that one should sort of give the place you are in a chance to be something for you. And in the case of Belarus where it really is still about human relations (What is in your heart rather than what is in your pocket) I think this is even more important.

Belarusians are really very, very kind people and they are extremely well mannered, at least the grown folks- a holdover from the old days. I just think one can get along here without flashing money the locals don't have. And, I think a foreigners time here would be much more rewarding as well.

Erica Fishbein said...

Okay, I think I need to step in for a minute here. Are we arguing about HoHos? I wrote this entry to thank my wonderful friend Sarah for sending me a package! It is so exciting to get packages! And believe me, I have only eaten HoHos once in America, and really, I must say I prefer Yodels. But, the point is, BeingHad, that I agree with you that life here is awesome and the people are wonderful in a way that I have never encountered, and I only speak in jest when I mock. I love things like zefir and kefir and homemade jams and pickles-- things I'd never find in the States!

Erica Fishbein said...

Can you at least admit, BeingHad, that it is virtually impossible to find any peanut butter here? I love peanut butter. When you come to Minsk I invite you to my home to partake of my delicious peanut butter cups. I've heard about that Yeshiva in Pinsk. Were you there to celebrate 500 years of Jews in Pinsk?

Erica Fishbein said...

By the way, thanks for the accuweather link on your blog! I added it to mine.

BEING HAD said...

Peanut butter is nothing. We have this all the time. It is mustard and popcorn that I find I have to grow myself if I want a steady supply.

If you check the Karlin Gazette, you can see my article about the Pinsk Museum's room they set up for the jubilee. We would have done more but you know, politics…

You are welcome for the weather card. When I first put it in a friend wrote that I only did it for sympathy, because of how cold it is. But when it was minus 25 two weeks ago, no one cared.

You should come down to Pinsk as our guest. I just came back from hearing the Magilla- the boys of the Beis Aharon school were pure madness when you-know-who's name was read. Tomorrow we'll have a big show at 1:00 and the…uh.. "lachaim" gets going for those not so into the mitzvah as myself (Ya, srazoo posli shachris, pazhalsta) at 5:00.

If you would care to tipple, I think we have some rather supportive samahon available!

BEING HAD said...

By the way, I think I just fixed the firefox problem. It looks a little different from the IE version, but all the content seems to be there. Thanks for the tip!