Birchas Hamazon and Shabbat lunches through time. Words by Aaron Vallance, Abi Finley, Ben Vallance, Deborah Finley and Rachel Vallance-Pegg. Vocals by Abi Finley. Illustrations by Harry Vallance.
I am a writer with few words after reading this.
Such an overwhelmingly beautiful piece. What a warm talent Aaron is.
just such a special piece
This is why I always make sure that Vittles is the last thing I read before logging off for the day. Utterly beautiful. Thank you so much to the Vallance family and the Vittles team <3
This is all sorts of wonderful. The sort of piece you remind yourself to return to again and again.
Am reading this for the second time today so that I can listen to the sound clips and have an even richer experience. This really is such a beautiful piece, all the family voices coming together in writing just as the prayers and singing come together in the birchas hamazon. A joy to read. Thank you!
Wow wow wow .. so beautifully written and meaningful. This piece is a work of art, reflecting the proud history of my heritage .. thank you .. Kol HaKavod
What a delicious and informative piece of writing. And lovely singing. Is the synagogue mentioned the beautiful Sephardi shul that is now part of Manchester's Jewish Museum? And at the risk of starting a broigus, the Jews were never held in slavery en masse in Egypt. There is no archaeological evidence for it whatsoever. There is evidence on the Merneptah stele of the Egyptians defeating a tribe which might be Israel in 1200BCE and they may have taken slaves away, as conquerors did.
Just wanting to say a huge thanks to the brilliant Vittles team and their incredible support. To Sharanya as lead editor on the piece, and for her beautifully written intro. To all Jonathan's advice and editing along the way. And to Rebecca for the encouragement to pitch in the first place. Also to my wife Sophie for all her suggestions and support on the piece. Thanks all!
What an exquisite & joyful work of art Aaron and I love the way you have woven the generations together. It brought tears to my eyes, remembering the shabbats and Passovers with my late grandparents whose Hebrew was far better than mine. I am going to circulate it among my family & especially my non Jewish boyfriend and my daughter-in-law to be to give them a very special insight into what it is to be part of an ever evolving Jewish family united by food and especially chicken soup.