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About ShtetlKettle

For the past 2 years, I’ve been blogging about fermentation on behalf of my small Detroit-based pickle business, Suddenly Sauer.

While food, in general, and fermentation, specifically, are central passions in my life, I felt that more theoretical fermentations (read: thoughts) weren’t as communicable in that space.  Thus, I’ve created ShtetlKettle.

In this space I want to think about community and individual identity.  My point of entry is Detroit Jewish identity, but I’m in no way limited to any one perspective.  I see some of the most poignant inquiries developing out of the borders between identities, and I hope to explore my identity, both personal and communal, with the boundaries (real and imaginary) that we create. 

While I plan to post on a weekly basis, I also want this space to be open to any/all those who happen to share in these (rather specific) areas of interest.  Guest posts and comments welcome!

I look forward to growing with you!



הײַנט בײַ נאכט

Blair Nosan

hint by nacht = today by night = tonight

נעכטן בײַ נאצכט = nechten by nacht = last night

I’m sitting on my computer, paralyzed for something to say about all the thoughts swirling in my head at the moment.

A few things I know:

1) singing “solidarity forever” with the 40 people gathered for last night’s liberation seder was the high point of my pesach to date.

2) I’m going to begin drafting a “detroit dayenu” while I’m in the woods this spring.

3) I can see so much energy in the universe right now.

A few things I’m still trying to figure out:

1) do we need multiple narratives to emphasize the reality that there is no one truth? or is there some way we can agree on a narrative and express it in such a way that it does not impose itself as the truth

2) how is it that Chaim Potok novels seem to provide for so many of my questions? and why has it taken me this long to discover them?

3) when/if I ever feel home, can home last?