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Smoked-meat Latke Poutine at Déli Sokołów

There’s a second-wave Jewish deli thing going on in Montreal these days.

The original wave dates from the first half of the twentieth century. With the mass migration of Jews from Central and Eastern Europe, Yiddish became Montreal’s third language This period gave us two iconic Montreal dishes.  413 more words


Schlemazel (n)

Exists in yinyang conjunction with a schlemiel.

Schlemiel (n): an awkward and unlucky person for whom things never turn out right.


Schlemazel (n) “also schlimazel, “born loser,” 1948, from Yiddish shlim mazel “rotten luck,” from Middle High German slim “crooked” + Hebrew mazzal “luck.” British slang shemozzle “an unhappy plight” (1889) is probably from the same source.” 51 more words

Squirrel-Repellant Politics and the Not-Sees

I have a lot on my plate today and these days in general, so this is going to be short and sweet.

Last night in a speech defending himself against new accusations of sexual harassment and assault, Donald Trump lit into the press. 490 more words


Are Israelis not familiar with the word "yahrzeit"?

This is a good question,* because it highlights a common misconception that many Jews in the diaspora (and non-Jews, come to that) have about Israelis. 229 more words


Things I'm Verbing: Good talkers, bad TV and sweet, sweet Christmas

I’m late to Scandal, and I admit, I’m mostly interested thanks to Josh Malina’s excellent banter and analysis on The West Wing Weekly. I don’t know why I let this happen to me. 439 more words

Things I'm Verbing

Reblog: 10 Ways to Express Gratitude

I wanted to reblog this post on gratitude from Vidya Sury Collecting Smiles. She is one of the most  genuine bloggers I have met in this madcap world of the blogosphere — where you can feel so close to a person you have never met and be so far away, and may in fact never meet. 71 more words


The Rosh Hashannah Card Has A Story

In 1936 my Grandma Thelma’s siblings sent her a Rosh Hashannah card from Poland. On the front is a photo of her siblings. Seated are her brother Isaac and his wife, Bronia. 615 more words