Monday, November 30, 2015

Ramen Latkes with Sriracha Mayo

By Whitney Fisch in The Nosher for

Living in LA is like a foodie Wonderland. On almost every corner in almost every neighborhood, there is something delicious to eat.

And the foodies here in LA do a lot of things right, but by far the top three are tacos, sushi, and ramen. In fact, ramen is so good here it inspired me to make my own just recently. Being the typical Jewish mother that I am I made far too many noodles. The next morning it occurred to me, “why not fry up some leftover ramen noodles,  slap some sriracha mayo on top and have ourselves a nice ramen-inspired latke?!”

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Compromise for Now, the End of Israel for Later

David Pollock for Mosaic

That’s what Palestinians say they want. What does this bifurcated attitude mean for policymakers?

Against the bloody background of stabbings and other deadly violence in Israel and the West Bank, Daniel Polisar’s thorough analysis of Palestinian polling data, “What Do Palestinians Want?,” makes essential reading for anyone interested in more than just the grim daily headlines. His central point—that the majority of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have long supported “armed struggle” against Israelis—is not only accurate but a fact regularly distorted by media focus on the seemingly “individual” nature of today’s terrorist incidents. Polisar’s conclusions, moreover, are well grounded in exhaustive research into the mounds of survey data that have piled up ever since the first Oslo accords of 1993—which is when I myself started to work with Palestinian colleagues in launching the first scientific polls of the Palestinian population.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

The Bataclan Was Named For This Jewish Operetta

By Ilana Sichel for Jewniverse

Haaretz writer Vivian Eden just unearthed an amazing historical factoid: the Bataclan, the stately Paris theater that is now synonymous with bloodshed and horror, takes its name from an operetta written and composed by two 19th-century Jews.

Composer Jacques Offenbach was born to a German cantor, and came to Paris to study music. The libretto he set to music, “Ba-Ta-Clan,” was written by Ludovic Halévy, the son of a Parisian Jew who converted to Christianity for marriage. (Though with a name like Halévy we can’t imagine he made a very convincing Christian.)

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Thousands of Holocaust papers found in Budapest apartment

Documents cataloging residents of Hungarian capital in 1944, just before Jews were packed into a ghetto and shipped to death camps, found inside wall

By Times of Israel Staff

Renovations at an apartment in Budapest uncovered thousands of documents from 1944 cataloging the Jewish population of the Hungarian capital, according to a recent report in the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung.

The 6,300 documents were found in a wall of an apartment in Budapest that had recently cracked. When the landlord started fixing the wall, the bundles of paper were found stashed inside.

The papers date from just before the confinement of Hungarian Jews to the Budapest ghetto in 1944. In May of that year, city officials drafted a list of the city’s population, differentiating between Christians and Jews, detailing addresses, identities and cost of rent. The newfound documents detail residents from just four of the city’s districts.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Sigd / סיגד


Sigd begins at sundown on Tue, 10 November 2015 (29th of Cheshvan, 5776)

Sigd is an Amharic word meaning "prostration" or "worship" and is the commonly used name for a holiday celebrated by the Ethiopian Jewish community on the 29th of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. This date is exactly 50 days after Yom Kippur, usually falling out in late October or November, and according to Ethiopian Jewish tradition is also the date that G-d first revealed himself to Moses.

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