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[5 Sep 2013 | 5 Comments | 5,379 views]
Wishing Everyone a Politically Incorrect, but Very Delicious, Jewish New Year

For all of my Jewish readers, and those who are Jew-curious, L’shana Tova! This is a re-post of an email that Seymour, my financial advisor sent over to me (of course my financial advisor is Jewish and named Seymour, right?). And while it’s a bit silly, and a lot inappropriate, I hope it makes you smile.

As a general principle, Jewish holidays are divided between days on which you must starve and days on which you must overeat.
Some Jews observe no fewer than 16 fasts throughout the Jewish year, based on …

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[8 Sep 2009 | 8 Comments | 4,184 views]
Two Jews and a Goy Eat Five Kinds of Bagels and “Roll” Home

In early June, after my first post about Joe Humel, Jeff Salamon, an acquantance and writer for the Statesman, picked up a bagel at Wheatsville and posted on his Twitter account, “OMG, Jodi Bart is right: Austin finally has a good bagel.”

A month later, Facebook reminded me that it was Jeff’s birthday. I posted, “Happy Birthday! Did you kick off the day with a rockstar bagel?”
His response: “Two! A poppyseed and a garlic. Even though you don’t really know me at all, Jodi, you know me all too well.”
A happy …

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[7 Sep 2009 | 10 Comments | 5,664 views]
Eat Local, Do Good, and Taste Austin

Labor Day marks the traditional end of summer and while the weather is still in the upper 90′s, calendars and inboxes are filling up with fun events around town.
Austin Restaurant Week kicks off on Sunday, Sept. 13-16 and the following week — Sept. 20-23. The event is a great opportunity to try fixed price meals at higher end eateries throughout the city from $25-$35. Five percent of the proceeds will go to the Sustainable Food Center and AIDS Services of Austin.
On Sunday, Sept. 13, the JCAA invites the community to …

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[8 Apr 2009 | 5 Comments | 2,153 views]
Ma Nishtana: Why is Passover Different?

Of all Jewish holidays, Passover is the one most commonly observed by otherwise non-observant Jews. The seder, or dinner service during Passover is composed of a four course meal, lots of wine, comfortable chairs, and did I mention all those cups of wine?
Those that observe Passover remove chametz (meaning: leavened foods) from the home. This commemorates the fact that the Jews freed in Egypt were in a hurry, and did not have time to let their bread rise. It also reminds us that we were all once slaves, and we …

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