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Emma Lazarus

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  In honor of our upcoming Independence Day weekend, I’d like to share with you a piece of writing by Jewish poet Emma Lazarus (1849-1887). Her poem “The New Colossus” is engraved on the Statue of Liberty, which became the symbol of hope for millions of American immigrants who sailed by her on their way …

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What Kind Of Matzo Balls Do You Prefer?

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A discussion about matzo balls. Fluffy or dense, floaters or sinkers, which kind do you like? Passover, Matza Balls, Matzah Balls.

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These latkes are a traditional Ashkenazi Jews dish.

Ashkenazi vs. Sephardic Cuisine

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iStock.com/Sarah Bossert  In an earlier blog, I wrote about the two major Jewish groups in the world– Ashkenazi Jews and Sephardic Jews.  These two groups have the same religious beliefs, but their cooking styles are quite different.  Ashkenazi foods might seem more familiar to American cooks (matzo ball soup and gefilte fish), while Sephardic foods …

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Matzo Ball Soup

The Jewish Diaspora

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  Since becoming involved in Jewish cooking, I’ve learned that the term “Jewish cuisine” covers a very broad range of foods from all over the world.  That’s because Jews have settled in many different countries throughout history.  In what has become known as the Jewish Diaspora, the Roman army conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the Second Temple …

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