While much of the city is gearing up to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this weekend, tomorrow also marks the beginning of Purim, a Jewish holiday of charity and feasting. And you must, of course, eat hamantaschen, the three-corner pastries most traditionally stuffed with poppyseeds, to celebrate Queen ... More >>
This week, our gluttonous exploits have taken us up to Harlem, out to Bushwick, and many places in between, where we've feasted on Ethiopian food, Japanese kaiseki, and a traditional Purim treat. Here are five dishes we've been digging around town.
When pictures of Assembly member Dov Hikind dressed up in blackface as a "basketball player" for his annual Purim party hit Facebook this week, it prompted a predictable media firestorm. Predictable, apparently, to everyone except Hikind, who spent the last two days explaining to anyone who would l ... More >>
It's only Monday, but Assembly Member Dov Hikind already has a commanding lead in the Most Spectacularly Racist Gesture By A New York Politician This Week contest. As Politicker first reported, Hikind celebrated Purim this year with a costume party, for which a professional make-up artist transform ... More >>
Hamantaschen pop up for only a few weeks a year, when the Jewish holiday Purim is just around the corner, usually in February or March. Traditionally, the triangle-shaped cookies are filled with fruit spreads or chocolate, and if you get them from a novice, chances are the dough will be hard enough ... More >>
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Purim's a week away, but why not get the party started early with some hamantaschen, the tasty triangular-shaped cookies said to resemble evil Haman's three-cornered hat? The recently opened Prime Butcher Baker (1572 Second Avenue, 212-616-1502), a kosher market from the team that also owns Prime ... More >>
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Lauren ShockeyWWJE? (What Would Jesus Eat?)Ah, Passover. When it comes to Jewish holidays, this one isn't as culinarily exciting as say, Purim (which involves getting drunkie drunk and eating hamentaschen), or Hanukkah (one word: latkes). However, food plays an important part of the ritual ... More >>
Rebecca Marx Purim, that most Mardi Gras of Jewish holidays, starts tomorrow. The two-day festival commemorates the deliverance of the Jews of the ancient Persian Empire from a plot to destroy them. In Israel, people wear costumes and masks, hold raucous parades, drink great quantities of alc ... More >>
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Pesach is upon us. KinkyJews, an organization whose mission is "to bring together like-minded men and women who define both kink and Judaism as central components of their identity," will hold its 4th Annual Kinky Seder on Sunday at Club Casbar in Brooklyn. The Forward gamely interviews the founder, ... More >>
We learned earlier from the Orthodox Union that Purim, a holiday not well known among goyim such as ourselves, is a festival of drunkenness, at least in traditional observances. That intrigued us. Now those bad boys of Judaism, the TV comedy writers, reveal in the Times that Purim is "our Mardi Gras ... More >>
If you bought a Mr. Softee cone in Sunnyside or Woodside last summer, it might have been fake. A federal judge rules that Akop Papazian and the M. Pete Soft Ice Cream Corporation used the Softee logo under false pretenses. Get ready for the class-action lawsuit! How Not to Find a Jewish Wife in New ... More >>
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