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  • Poppy seed pleasures

    By Judy Zeidler

    February 29, 2012 | 12:16 pm

    It all began with Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim story, who became a vegan when she married King Ahasuerus and moved into the palace. She favored fruits, beans and grains in her diet, and legend has it that poppy seed pastries were her favorite.

    Over time, I have developed...

  • Purim: Are you doing it right?

    February 28, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Purim is a festival renown for celebration, excessive drinking and wild, outlandish costumes; or, as Chasids in Brooklyn call it, Tuesday. It’s the story of the Jews escaping genocide in Persia, marking it as the last time the region has ever made Jews uneasy. For the uninformed, I...

  • A Yummy Hat Trick of Triangle Treats

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The traditional shape of the quintessential Purim dessert, the hamantaschen, is a three-cornered filled pastry. Some say it even looks like George Washington's hat, but I'm certain he wasn't around in those early days. But, what about the shape? What does it represent? Is it the...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Ugly Bug Ball

    In Parshat Shemini, we learn which animals are kosher. A young friend of mine asked: Why did God create both kosher and non-kosher animals? The sages of the Talmud ask the same question. They said there is something we can learn from every animal – kosher or...

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  • Topsy-Turvy

    By Stuart Schoffman

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    How do you feel about what's going on here in Israel? How do you think you're supposed to feel?

    What's gone on lately in our country has been very confusing for a great many people, not least those of us on the ground. To get a better handle on the matsav -- Hebrew for situation, and...

  • An Acquired Taste

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A friend told me about a scene he witnessed recently at a delicatessen. There was a woman who apparently was not Jewish standing in line at the bakery counter. When they called her number she pointed to the prune and poppy seed hamantaschen and asked for a dozen.

    "No, you want...

  • Jockeying for Position

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The luncheon menu reflected the confusion this week at the Washington policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group better known as AIPAC. The main course was hummus, falafel and baba ganoush, a Mediterranean medley that...