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ashkenazic identity


The Battle of the Montreal Bagel

By On November 14, 2013

If you think of New York as the North American bagel capital, chances are you’re not Canadian. Among Canadians, anyway, Montreal is renowned for a bagel of its own: small, sweet and available piping-hot… Read More


Our Four Genetic Moms

By On August 29, 2013

On Friday nights Jews traditionally bless their daughters to emulate Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah. But the women these girls actually take after are 4 other women entirely. In a genetic study conducted in 2002, scientists found that 40%… Read More


Gourmet Gefilte Giveaway!

By On March 12, 2013

Gefilte fish: grey, tasteless, blobby, stuck in the shtetl-y past. Or is it? Elizabeth Alpern, Jackie Lilinshtein and Jeffrey Yoskowitz, the three 20-something Brooklyn friends who co-founded The Gefilteria, are rapidly changing the food’s old-world… Read More


An American Childhood in Egypt

By On June 1, 2012

Sipping from the Nile, a new memoir, tells the story of Jean Naggar, who is now a New York literary agent. A fourth-generation Egyptian, both Naggar’s parents came from prominent Sephardic Jewish families. Life in… Read More


Bagel Fever

By On November 16, 2011

The bagel has long been a basic codifier of Askenazic Jewish identity. The hip-hop parody group 2 Live Jews, in their anthem of Jewish identification “Shake Your Tuchus,” said, “If you don’t know what a bagel… Read More