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Smoked Salmon @ UrthLox are thin slices of cured salmon which are usually paired with a bagel, cream cheese and capers and is an iconic Jewish-American dish.

Originating in Poland in the 17th century, Jewish families ate bagels at the end of the Sabbath on Saturday evenings. Bagels symbolize the circle of life with Lox symbolizing the saltiness of tears.

The Mid-1800’s the transcontinental railroad shipped salted salmon to the East coast and saw Lox become a popular sandwich filling.

Celebrate this day by partaking in a great Jewish-American tradition. Enjoy a tasty bagel topped with cream cheese, lox, red onion, and capers with maybe a tomato or two!
 
 
 

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February 9th

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National Bagel and Lox Day

Five things you should know about

Bagels and Lox

  1. The word Bagel is often thought to have derived from the ‘buckle‘ shape it has, but actually it is from a Yiddish word ‘beygl‘ meaning ring or hole.
  2. Bagels are one of the few breads that are boiled then baked. creating the sought inside while retaining a crisp exterior.
  3. Over a Billion dollars a year are spent on bagels in the US alone.
  4. The top selling bagels are Plain(#1), Whole Wheat(#2) and Sesame Seed(#3)
  5. Originally bagels were baked and sold by street vendors. They would have been carried around on a long string draped over the sellers’ shoulders.

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Pidyon haben, or redemption of the firstborn son

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Jewish custom first bornDec. 28, 2012: An Orthodox Jewish mother decorates her newborn baby with jewelry in a silver bowl for the pidyon haben in Bnei Brak, Israel, on Dec. 27. Pidyon haben, or redemption of the firstborn son, is an ancient Jewish custom in which the firstborn son is redeemed by use of silver coins from his birth state of sanctity at the age of 30 days. (© Abir Sultan/EPA/Landov)

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Israelis find 2,750-year-old temple

Source: cosmiclog.nbcnews.com – By Alan Boyle

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An employee of the Israeli Antiquities Authority displays figurines at Tel Motza archaeological site on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

Archaeologists have uncovered a 2,750-year-old temple near Jerusalem, along with pottery and clay figurines that suggest the site was the home base for a ritual cult, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said Wednesday.

The discovery was made during excavations at the Tel Motza archaeological site, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) west of Jerusalem, during preparations for work on a new section of Israeli’s Highway 1, the agency said in a statement.


“The ritual building at Tel Motza is an unusual and striking find, in light of the fact that there are hardly any remains of ritual buildings of the period in Judaea at the time of the First Temple,” excavation directors Anna Eirikh, Hamoudi Khalaily and Shua Kisilevitz were quoted as saying in the statement.

The Bible says the First Temple was built in Jerusalem by Solomon, son of King David, and archaeologists estimate that construction was undertaken in the 10th century B.C. The excavation’s directors say the Tel Motza temple must have been active in an era “prior to the religious reforms throughout the kingdom at the end of the monarchic period (at the time of Hezekiah and Isaiah), which abolished all ritual sites, concentrating ritual practices solely at the Temple in Jerusalem.”

Tel Motza was thought to be associated with the ancient settlement called “Mozah” in the Book of Joshua. During previous work, archaeologists uncovered a large structure with storehouses and a number of silos. They said that structure might have served as a storage facility for Jerusalem’s grain supplies.

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Archaeologist Anna Eirikh displays a horse figurine at Tel Motza archaeological site on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

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An overhead view shows the Tel Motza

archaeological site.

The newly discovered structure has massive walls and a wide, east-facing entrance, conforming to the tradition of temple construction at the time, the site directors said. “The rays of the sun rising in the east would have illuminated the object placed inside the temple first, symbolizing the divine presence within,” they said.

Inside the temple, archaeologists found what appeared to be a square altar, with a cache of ritual items nearby. Those items included fragments of pottery chalices, decorated ritual pedestals and two types of pottery figurines. Some of the figurines represented animals — mainly horses in harnesses— while others were humanlike heads with curling hair and flat headdresses. Such figurines hint at the influence of Philistine coastal culture.

“The find of the sacred structure, together with the accompanying cache of sacred vessels, and especially the significant coastal influence evident in the anthropomorphic figurines, still require extensive research,” the directors said.

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Last days of Hanukkah

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We hope you’ve had a fun week of Hanukkah celebrations, filled with friends, family and lots of light and warmth (plus plenty of latkes  and doughnuts, in moderation of course).

As we go into the last two days of Hanukkah, here are some more ways to celebrate Hanukkah with other members of the community. (To see photos of other community Hanukkah events, check out our Facebook page.)

Friday night/Dec. 14

4:30 p.m. Hanukkah in the Hallway at the Valley of the Sun JCC. Shabbat and menorah lighting.

5:30 p.m. Family party and service at Temple Emanuel of Tempe.

Saturday/Dec. 15

7:30 p.m. The New Shul holds its annual coffeehouse, where its members entertain with live musical performances. Cost: $5.

7-9 p.m. Chanukah on Ice: Chabad of Scottsdale holds a Hanukkah celebration at the Ice Den, 9375 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale. Kosher food, ice skating, giant menorah lighting…

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Family Holiday Event @ Creative Hands Studio in Gilbert – Nov. 18th

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Tori Avery – The Skiksa in the Kitchen in Phoenix on Good Morning AZ

Source:  theshiksa.com

From Tori Avey – The Shiksa in the Kitchen

“I’m in Phoenix this weekend, I’ll be cooking a vintage Thanksgiving recipe with a Veteran’s Day twist on Good Morning Arizona around 9:45am tomorrow (recipe can be found on The History Kitchen). For those who are not local to Arizona, I will try to post the clip when it becomes available. After Phoenix, I’m headed to New York for Kosherfest… and I’m sure I’ll also find time for a visit to Katz’s Deli for a pastrami on rye. ;)”

And check out her Pumpkin Challah Centerpiece with Honey Butter

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