This year, I didn't plan on going. Why change my "custom?"
Then last Friday, Rosh Chodesh Adar I*, one of my newer neighbors went with me to Tel Shiloh to pray, and she insisted that I must go to the party. She was right. In a sense I had gotten myself into a rut of sorts about those parties.
I called the organizer and volunteered to help. Just attending isn't my thing. I found myself making fresh, natural juice. There were two juicers going. One was apple juice and the other carrot juice. I did the carrot juice. Here and there I sampled some of both. And when the program started, there was a lot of carrot juice left over. And how could I just leave it to spoil? It's much healthier just minutes after being juiced. So, of course I drank a few cups. Well, the cups were small. I also ate a few dates.
There was also lots of foods, salads, soups etc, which I never ate. Before leaving the house I had eaten dinner. I made a nice serving of techina which I ate with an artichoke. I wanted to make sure that I had a good portion of protein in me to prevent temptation from ruling.
It was a great party; I'm glad that I went.
*Join us Rosh Chodesh Adar II on Sunday, March 6, 9:30 at Tel Shiloh, for Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers