Rice krispies "sausage" (GF)
There is a city in Israel called "Bnei Brak". It's the tenth biggest city in Israel, populated mostly with orthodox. There is still one non-religious neighborhood, but it's becoming more and more religious as well.
I had a Dr. appointment there a couple of weeks ago and I was just shocked. It was like going into a different land.
It's not just that you see JUST chasidim and women with their hair covered (sign for married religious women), you see an enormous amount of children in the street. It doesn't matter that it was late evening when I was driving around there, the streets were FULL with families and children pushing buggies.
And it's like there is no law in this city. I don't know how to explain it, it's just the way it is. The character of the city is that everyone does what they want to do. A pedestrian red light means nothing, people jump almost between one's wheels, people park wherever they want, stand wherever they want... It was not easy to drive there.
And think about it, this entire city is closed on Shabbat. No car is allowed in, no car is allowed out. A different world.
There is a neighborhood like that in Jerusalem, there are four more cities like that in Israel.
And besides that one feels religion is everywhere, even in places it doesn't belong.
Most orthodox chasidim don't go to the army (which is a duty every 18 year old has to do, or at least national service in special cases), they believe they are the army of god and they are going to protect us by praying.
Now you ask from what do they live? From where do they get money? Well, some of them do work, but most of them sit and study Thora the whole day, while the women are looking after the many children.
Somehow the men earn money from studying, don't ask me from where does this money comes from. Many have them have a lot of children, 10 - 15 children and they get child allowance for the kids, which in Israel is not much.
Half of orthodox families in Israel live in poverty.
I don't get it. How can a man think it's more important going studying Thora every single day, earn about 3,000 Shekel a month, depending on how many hours he studies (that's about 500 pounds, 760$, 720 Euro) than feeding his children.
Why some religious man can work in a normal job during the day and study in the evening? I ask myself, why most orthodox don't have in their culture to serve the country they live in like all other citizen do and work for what they earn? How does a culture like this even develops? Perhaps a life of religious service works in the church, but a reality like this, in my opinion, is not possible in Israel. This is not a country of prosperity, if you don't work you don't earn and if you don't earn enough, which is quite a lot, then you are going to be poor. Simple as that.
Yet these people choose to live life of poverty and I am totally ok with it if they choose it for themselves because we are all free to make our own choices and decisions, but are we free to raise 15 children in poverty?
This is a very controversial topic in Israel, one that people complain about, but not much is being done.
My brother served in Lebanon and lost friends there. I know many people around me who served in dangerous places and saw things that none of us can imagine. I am not saying that it's ok, my opinion about the situation in Israel and it being run by the person it's being runned by right now is a theme for a different post, but that is the reality right now - citizens do serve, citizens do work - how can it be ok for them not to?
And more areas where religion does not belong in - you can only marry, divorce and be buried in a religious ceremony in Israel. Yes, you heard it right. If you are a total atheist and you marry another atheist you HAVE TO have a rabbi marrying you if you want your marriage to be recognized by the state.
My sister can't bake a cake for my niece's birthday and take it to her kindergarten because it's not going to be kosher.
No public transport from Friday evening till Saturday evening (Shabbat).
On Passover you are not allowed to buy bread in the supermarket or the bakery.
And Bnei Brak, the city from another world, is closed on Shabbat.
This country is ruled by religion and it's 2015.
1/2 cup honey
3tbsp cocoa powder
6 cups puffed rice (make sure it's sugar free)
3tbsp peanut butter (or any other nut butter you like)
In a very big bowl put 4 cups of puffed rice and pour the melted mixture on it. Add the peanut butter and mix well till all the puffed rice are covered. Mix the other 2 cups of puffed rice (they won't be covered with the cocoa color, but will stay white).
Spread a big sheet of cling film on your kitchen surface, spread a long "snake" of the mixture on it and then roll the cling film over the mixture all while pressing the puffed rice together to form a well packed sausage-like shape.
Leave to cool in the fridge for a couple of hours, slice with a sharp knife and serve.