Traditional Foods

Bagels and Lox

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Neither bagels nor lox originated in the Big Apple, or in America, for that matter. Yet the combination of bagels and lox was somewhat accidental and undeniably an American creation. Where did the concept come from?

Challah

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Challah bread, translated from the Hebrew as referring to a cake, loaf, or morsel of bread, is a well-known food served at the weekly Shabbat as well as other various holidays, excluding Passover. Numbers 15:18–21 serves as the first reference to the equivalent of challah in the Bible. "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: When you enter the land where I bring you, it shall be that when you eat of the bread of the land, you shall set aside a portion for God. Of the first of your dough, you shall set aside a loaf as an offering; as the offering of the threshing floor, so you shall set it aside. From the first of your dough, you shall give to God an offering throughout your generations."

Charoset

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charoset article 24Charoset, a traditional dish served during the Passover Seder, offers a delightful range of flavors. Generally sweet, sometimes more savory, and flavorful, with a kaleidoscope of recipe variations available and permissible to suit a variety of tastes and preferences, Derived from the Hebrew words cheres or harsit, which mean clay, charoset is a well-known component of the Passover meal, known as a Seder (“order”). During the Seder, it serves as a reminder of the “memory of clay” that would represent the mortar used by the Jewish people to make bricks to build Pharoah’s various buildings and sprawling cities (not the pyramids, but other buildings) in ancient Egypt.