Talking politics or religion was always discouraged in polite company. The idea was that these divisive topics would create unpleasant disagreements whose tone and timber would be unacceptable. As much as this has always been the case, it seems like current political and religious discourse has never been more divisive. It seems as if folks […]

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Congratulations go out to Rachel Bloom and the CW after nabbing 4 Emmy nominations for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: best choreography, best original music and lyrics , as well as best original main-title theme music and best single-camera picture editing for a comedy series. Sadly Rachel got dissed and didn’t get a […]

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What if there was an app that could tell you where to find the nearest Shiva house? OK, let me explain. When a Jew dies, their closest relatives have to mourn for 7 days. This involves, among other things, being housebound for seven days in the “Shiva House.” Mourners are not supposed to cook so […]

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Alicia Wilbur is pretty much the only female, Jewish enologist or wine scientist from Herzog Wineries . Jay Buchsbaum is a well-known Wine Educator from the Royal Wine Company. Together they taste four late harvest wines from California: Late Harvest Clarksburg Chenin Blanc, Late Harvest Monterey County White Riesling, Late Harvest Orange […]

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This whole Jews eating at Chinese restaurants on Christmas eve thing is so common and so well established, that its become a veritable cliché. Single Jews can go to their local MatzoBall party, religious/kosher Jews can eat out at the same kosher establishments they always eat at, but for the majority of non-practicing North-American Jews […]

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What’s with all the cheese on Shavuot thing? Shavuot is the holiday that commemorates “Zman Matan Torah” – the time when the Jews received the Torah from God at Mount Sinai. Prior to this, Jewish law wasn’t codified. That means that Jews didn’t keep kosher because there were no kosher laws. Thus, as soon as […]

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Writing this review in the middle of Passover, one would think a movie about yet even more Matzo is more of an American nightmare than an American dream. However, while all my meals this week involve Matzo, unleavened bread is just part of the story related by Michael Levine’s documentary Streit’s: Matzo and the American […]

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Matzo Brei is a really simple treat to make for Passover, and yet, people mess it up ALL THE TIME! Jewlicious presents this easy recipe that you can make in unbder 15 minutes. Add whatever sweetener you like. It’s yummy, and pretty and isn’t a friggin’ Matzo omelette. Gross. You can get the full recipe […]

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What happens when you ask Egyptians to eat Matza, Maror and Geffilte fish? Something ugly, that’s for sure. The Egyptians in this funny video, authored improbably by Netanyahu house organ Yisrael Hayom, are certainly gracious and good humored. It seemed to me however, that they really, really regretted enslaving the Jews and if […]

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Since as early as 2008, Ben & Jerry’s in Israel has been producing a Kosher for Passover Charoset flavored ice cream. Charoset is one of the food items traditionally placed on seder plates by Jews around the world. The Ashkenazi variety is typically a paste made up of apples, nuts, wine and cinnamon meant to […]

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