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Lili Erdos (far right) and her family at the Cholent Festival in Budapest, Hungary, on Aug. 27, 2021. Photo By Eliana Rudee.

‘Cholent Festival’ brings Jewish culture to Hungary via food, music, traditions

Thousands of people took part in the Sixth Hungarian ‘Cholent Festival’ (“Sólet” in Hungarian) at the Újbuda outdoor theater in Budapest before the start of the High Holidays, organized by the Chabad Lubavitch organization...
Shawarma sandwich, August 2009. Credit: Vera Yu and David Li/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons.

The left slides into acceptance of anti-Semitism

As far as some of Israel’s most vicious critics were concerned, it was the sort of thing that gave their critiques of Zionism a bad name. It was difficult to pretend that the decision...
The Israeli-owned Moshava food truck. Source: Screenshot.

Philadelphia food festival canceled after backlash over Israeli-owned vendor

A food festival in the Kensington section of Philadelphia was canceled on Sunday after controversy over an Israeli-owned food truck that was scheduled to take part in the event. Eat Up the Borders and the...
Sukkah in New Hampshire. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

A safe Sukkot, at home and outside

Sukkot, the joyous Jewish Thanksgiving, was originally an agricultural holiday, a time of gathering a bountiful harvest. The sukkah itself—the primary symbol of the holiday—is a reminder of hastily built shelters the Jews endured in their...
A view of Apple Bourekas With Silan-Sesame Drizzle by Naomi Nachman. Credit: Courtesy.

Bringing Israeli food and culture into the Jewish New Year

American Jews are often criticized these days for distancing from Israel as a result of political considerations. To counteract that trend, the “Israel trip” has become a central way to positively interact with the...
Celebrating the traditions of Shavuot amid the continued coronavirus shutdowns, May 2020. Credit: Pixabay.

‘Shut-in’ Shavuot in time of corona

We’re masked, gloved and social distancing. I’ve exhausted all programs I want to see on Netflix. I’ve filled garbage bags with clothes that are too small, packed up old books and gone through drawers...
The Hanukkah menorah. Credit: Pixabay.

Kids in the kitchen light up Hanukkah

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is one of those holidays that takes over everything. The pantry overflows with bottles of oil and baking ingredients at the ready, kids decorate the house with dreidels and...
Apples in autumn. Credit: Pixabay.

Fall into the flavors of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Rosh Hashanah falls late on the calendar this year, at the end of the back-to-school month and at the beginning of the first signs of fall. No matter; somehow, there are always those last-minute...
Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Aug. 24, 2010. Credit: Gilles Messian via Wikimedia Commons.

Back home in the Shetlands, a taste of nostalgia and singular Jewish life

It was SRO, standing-room only—an amazing turnout. Young and old, locals and tourists, poured into the venue as part of my travels “back home.” They came, anxious to listen to my book talk and...
Granola Hamantaschen. Photo by Paula Shoyer.

Healthy hamantaschen in the form of granola and gluten-free

Purim is coming, and, like every year, its signature treat, hamantaschen, is taking on a new twist. The holiday starts this year on the evening of March 20 and lasts through the evening of March...