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  • Sfenj: Tough to pronounce, easy to eat

    By David Suissa

    3 weeks ago

    This recipe is my little Chanukah gift to all my Ashkenazi friends, who never got to wake up on Sunday mornings in Casablanca to the smell of the world’s greatest doughnuts — my mother’s sfenj. You won’t find these hot, doughy marvels at Krispy Kreme or any of those trendy new...

  • Jews and the birth of Film Noir

    By Avishay Artsy

    September 22, 2014 | 10:19 am

    The 1942 classic “Casablanca” follows a complicated love story between two star-crossed lovers, played by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. But it’s also about refugees fleeing their home country for safety. It’s an apt metaphor for the experience of Jews escaping Nazi Germany,...

  • Scroll of a lifetime

    By David Suissa

    September 11, 2013 | 1:59 pm

    “Imagine your congregation gathered to witness the first strokes of the Scribe’s quill on new parchment ... Feeling a real connection to the shape of the letters, the texture of the parchment, the concentration of the Scribe, holding his quill, preparing to write the name of G-d.”

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  • From L.A. to Casablanca and back again

    March 29, 2012 | 5:35 pm

    On May 16, 2003, a series of suicide bombings struck Casablanca. The target: Jews. Luckily, the suicide bombers were not particularly savvy, and the Jewish targets they struck were empty for Shabbat. Although no Jews were killed, nearly 30 Muslims died as a result of the blasts. In...

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  • Where would I be now?

    By David Suissa

    March 7, 2012 | 5:57 pm

    It’s amazing the kind of stuff you hear when you just ask. At a family wedding last weekend in Montreal, I caught up with some relatives and heard family stories worthy of a mystery thriller.

    Let’s start in Casablanca with my maternal grandmother’s grandfather, a man named...

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