Crypto-Jewish Kosher Cookbook Debuts & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

MTA Officials Ask Orthodox Jewish Transit Worker to Prove He’s Observing Rosh Hashanah
MTA officials demanded an Orthodox Jewish transit worker prove he observes Rosh Hashanah for “a religious reason” in order to get the holiday off. Benjamin Schaeffer, a 22-year MTA transit worker, was initially denied permission to take off for the Jewish new year, and was then granted the holiday, on condition that he submit documentation within 5 days to prove he’d actually observed it.

On Rosh Hashana, A Note Blown From This Ram’s Horn Will Echo All The Way to Auschwitz
This year, a shofar blown in our synagogue, bears a remarkable story of faith and hope. The shofar was recently featured in the exhibit Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.

Cache of Crypto-Jewish Recipes Dating to Inquisition Found in Miami Kitchen
A new cookbook features unique kosher dishes unwittingly prepared by generations of a Catholic Cuban-Spanish family with hidden Sephardic Jewish roots. “Recipes of My 15 Grandmothers: Unique Recipes and Stories from the Times of the Crypto-Jews during the Spanish Inquisition,” is a tribute to those female relatives who repressed or forgot their Jewish identity over hundreds of years, but managed to preserve vestiges of it through their food.

#MeToo Should Include #SinToo
Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of repentance, takes place Oct. 8-9 this year, right around the second anniversary of the #MeToo movement. If #MeToo began as a reckoning and is reshaping American politics, media and entertainment, perhaps Yom Kippur is an appropriate time for some reflection.

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