Have you ever met someone that changed your life? I don’t mean your spouse or your first grade teacher or your heart surgeon; I mean some casual aquantance that made such an impression on you that you never forgot them, even if the encounter was brief?
Arne Greenberg died yesterday. My heart goes out to his family. It is a great loss to them and to all who knew him. He was such a person to me. He was my good friend Gary’s uncle. We met several times just after I graduated from college and moved to California. He invited me into his home and was warm, gracious, caring and hospitable. But what he was mostly was the first grown up that I ever met that was enlightened. He was hip. He lived in the bay area, he was progressive, he was divorced with a decent relationship with his ex, he cooked, he liked classical music played low from hidden speakers and he related to us (20 somethings) on our level without being condescending or preachy. The reason that all of this was ground breaking was because Arne was an administrative law judge. He had every opportunity to be a stuffy, conservative party-pooper. But he was the opposite. He gave me something that he was probably never aware of gifting. He gave me the confidence that the more established people that I was about to meet and work with could be smart, clever, intelligent and still be people that I could enjoy. This has carried me through many a relationship and given me a way of interacting with individuals at all levels as if they were Arne.He had a way about him that stuck with me.
His wife Sarah and I have been facebook friends and I have kept up with Arne’s travels and antics, but really haven’t been in direct contact for a while. The influences people have in our lives happen along the way. Just because they are no longer our neighbors or pen pals does not lessen their impact and does not mean that we love them any less. I think about Arne often and will continue to do so – now with a touch of sadness at his passing – for the rest of my days. Rest in peace Arne Greenberg, you were one of the good ones.
Arne taught me how to make this delicious and simple Jewish traditional dish.
- 4-5 Matzo Brei
- 1 Small Onion, chopped
- 4 Eggs
- 3 Tablespoons Butter
- Salt and Pepper
- Dish or Bowl for soaking
- Mixing Bowl
- Chef’s Knife
- Large Pan
- Soak the Matzo in enough water to cover for about 5 minutes.
- In a bowl, crack eggs and add onion.
- Remove the matzo from the water and crumble into egg mixture.
- Add salt and pepper.
- Melt the butter in the pan.
- Over medium heat add the matzo mixture.
- Cook for 4-5 minutes to brown then mix up and turn over.
- Cook until the matzo starts to brown and the eggs are cooked.
- Adjust seasonings.