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Breakfast With Rashi

In this week’s “Tell Me,” Tablet Magazine’s illustrated question-and-answer column, we reconstruct a reader’s morning repast—and offer commentary on the proceedings

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Liana Finck
English Breakfast tea
Regular black tea, popular in Britain. Linda drinks the coffee first, very quickly, because it jolts her awake. The tea comes next, slowly, while she gets oriented.

With milk English Breakfast tea is good with milk. If Linda didn’t like milk in her tea, or if she were lactose intolerant or vegan, she’d probably drink a different kind of tea, like green or herbal. Normally she drinks skim milk, but she puts whole milk in her English Breakfast tea because it lends a beautiful opacity to the beverage.

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Emily says:

This is very very stupid.

Anna says:

I like the commentary you can click on! If Rashi only knew about digital comments!

liana says:

what’s stupid? no literally. i never learned that word.

Alana Newhouse says:

Me neither.

Why Rashi? Why not Tosafot, or the Gemara on the Mishna? Or any of the other Jewish commentaries and supercommentaries down through the centuries? Is “Rashi” just a cool, Jewish way of saying “commentary,” or “long-winded commentary on something essentially banal and trivial”? In either case, I submit that the author might benefit from actually studying Rashi’s works.

If this comment inadvertently comes off as “Rashi” on Emily’s comment above, well, that can’t be helped.

This master artist/writer has clearly studied her Rashi, and is probably also aware of his day job. Brava!

Emily says:

Which of Rashi’s “day jobs” (vintner, Rosh Yeshiva, or member of the beit din) would have made him a logical commentator on the minute, boring and irrelevant breakfasting habits of a random 20th century individual?

liana says:

All of them.

liana says:

remember what he says about cucumbers?

liana says:

elli, yeah, i did not want this to be tooo obscure. i got broken up with again over this. a nonjew. agreed with emily.

liana says:

so there is justice in the world.

I thought this was very clever and funny. Also it would be good if people really did discuss Rashi at breakfast…..

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Linda Pilgrim says:

I LOVE THIS. I must not have discovered it until a few years after it was published. I had forgotten I replied to your question. But, when I read the details of my breakfast, I could not deny. In fact, I still eat this for breakfast or an afternoon snack, today.
Thank you, not only for entertaining me, but also for your valuable insight. Who knew you could read “breakfast” as a psychic reads tea leaves? [Oh, except, I'm not married to a character from graphic novel character--phew!]


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Breakfast With Rashi

In this week’s “Tell Me,” Tablet Magazine’s illustrated question-and-answer column, we reconstruct a reader’s morning repast—and offer commentary on the proceedings