By now I assume you are familiar with the seriousness of COVID-19, its spread, and impact in the Jewish community. People are stocking up toilet paper, paper towels, and hand sanitizer, among other staples and preparing to stay home from school, work and other public events. It’s definitely no laughing matter and we are all taking the spread and severity very seriously.
But we’re probably all in need of a smile right now, and so we threw out this question into the Twitter-verse: What’s the most Jewish item you’ve stocked up on in prep for the virus?
Your responses were hysterical, and in some cases, actually surprising.
There were the obvious answers, i.e., chicken soup.
so. much. chicken soup.
— Diogenetta (@PhD_femme) March 10, 2020
Chicken and matzo meal 😷 pic.twitter.com/3vV1HoUU15
— 🌸Lysnos 'Bidementia' Gaystein (@Lysnos1) March 10, 2020
— Jared AKA the FEC is still broken (@JaredLeiderman) March 10, 2020
And since it was just Purim, a lot of people were baking up homemade hamantaschen. A LOT. And I respect that.
Two dozen hamentaschen.
— (((Nik))) (@Nickunfiltered) March 11, 2020
Well right now I have a freezer full of hammentashen!
— Diane Russell (@drussellart) March 11, 2020
Far be it for me to acknowledge only the Ashknormative responses. I think I want to be friends with this fine person who is stocking harissa and sausage:
Merguez and Jewish Tunisian harissa. https://t.co/rR3iaEzzbO
— Nathanel Amar (@nathanelamarHK) March 11, 2020
— Iziar2406 (@iziar2406) March 11, 2020
I very much appreciated a few non-English answers.
les galettes à l'orange casher à Pessah (c'est trop bon n'en déplaise aux rageux) https://t.co/OU4Zm3Dm9D
— Chaïm ♤ (@ayrayxe) March 11, 2020
Some people stock up on chardonnay. But Jews, we know the quality wine to keep around.
— שיע (@y3ho5hua) March 11, 2020
Don’t forget the seltzer!
Got 4 things of seltzer coming but honestly that’s normal for me. https://t.co/k0rSu1kVvn
— Audrie | אייתל עודדה (she/her) (@amacduffking) March 11, 2020
The award for the most Jewish food: PRUNES.
— Yael (@yaeltime) March 10, 2020
And Tums and Lactaid, too.
— Just Say Christian (@JustSayXtian) March 10, 2020
But I think my absolute favorite response was Passover macaroons. Not for eating, but for the other useful purposes they may serve.
Passover macarons — can also grind down and mix w water to make a paste or grout ✌🏻 https://t.co/mfFSliOnNO
— Laura Donney (@LMdonney) March 10, 2020