Uncovering Concealed Jewish Origins from Inquisition-Era Recipes and Vestiges of Jewish Law

Dec. 30 2019

Several years ago, Genie Milgrom—raised a Catholic by Cuban-born parents—discovered that her mother kept a collection of handwritten recipes apparently passed down in the family for many generations. These included instructions for making such dishes as fried bread dressed up to resemble pork chops. Sometime later, Milgrom realized that these were recipes used by Spanish Jewish converts to Christianity, and their descendants, during the Inquisition to convince neighbors and churchmen that they had shed their Jewish ways. Milgrom then began to recognize the Jewish origins of culinary traditions taught to her by her maternal grandmother—such as checking eggs for bloodspots—and would go on to discover more. (Interview by Greg Allen. Audio, 5 minutes. A text version can be found at the link below.)

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Terror Returns to Israel

Nov. 28 2022

On Wednesday, a double bombing in Jerusalem left two dead, and many others injured—an attack the likes of which has not been seen since 2016. In a Jenin hospital, meanwhile, armed Palestinians removed an Israeli who had been injured in a car accident, reportedly murdering him in the process, and held his body hostage for two days. All this comes as a year that has seen numerous stabbings, shootings, and other terrorist attacks is drawing to a close. Yaakov Lappin comments:

Unlike the individual or small groups of terrorists who, acting on radical ideology and incitement to violence, picked up a gun, a knife, or embarked on a car-ramming attack, this time a better organized terrorist cell detonated two bombs—apparently by remote control—at bus stops in the capital. Police and the Shin Bet have exhausted their immediate physical searches, and the hunt for the perpetrators will now move to the intelligence front.

It is too soon to know who, or which organization, conducted the attack, but it is possible to note that in recent years, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has taken a lead in remote-control-bombing terrorism. Last week, a car bomb that likely contained explosives detonated by remote control was discovered by the Israel Defense Forces in Samaria, after it caught fire prematurely. In August 2019, a PFLP cell detonated a remote-control bomb in Dolev, seventeen miles northwest of Jerusalem, killing a seventeen-year-old Israeli girl and seriously wounding her father and brother. Members of that terror cell were later arrested.

With the Palestinian Authority (PA) losing its grip in parts of Samaria to armed terror gangs, and the image of the PA at an all-time low among Palestinians, in no small part due to corruption, nepotism, and its violation of human rights . . . the current situation does not look promising.

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