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A History of Pickles written by Emmaline Soken-Huberty

2019-08-30T01:34:38+00:00August 30th, 2019|Life in Poland, News and Culture|

Some of us enjoy a pickle as a sandwich side, or chopped up into relish for a hot dog. Some of us are even partial to pickle juice, though it’s hard to imagine anyone really liking pickle juice popsicles. Whatever your stance on pickles, they are definitely a hugely-popular snack food. While the name comes from Dutch or German for “salt” or “brine,” pickles are actually an ancient food. In this history of pickles, you’ll learn where pickles came from, […]

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Among Holocaust ghosts, the return of Jewish life in Poland has been slow: Though it was once a crime to state Polish involvement in the Holocaust, the population is healing its wounds, accepting the past and moving forward. By Marc Santora

2019-08-30T01:19:03+00:00August 30th, 2019|Life in Poland, News and Culture|

original link: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/world-history/holocaust-ghosts-jewish-life-poland-slow-a9055496.html

There were lectures on the journey of Jews from shtetls in Poland to new homes in what would become Israel; workshops on chanting the Torah and cooking for Shabbat; exhibitions documenting the devastation brought by the Second World War; and debates about Jewish life in Poland today.

Everywhere, there was music. Gentle lullabies and Yiddish folk songs, thumping Israeli hip-hop, and rousing celebratory tunes played by scores of Klezmer bands filled the ancient alleyways of Krakow, a […]

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Polish chief rabbi calls for synagogue to reopen after armed standoff. Communal body in Krakow blocked Chabad congregation from entering house of worship, citing a financial dispute

2019-07-09T22:38:29+00:00July 9th, 2019|Life in Poland, News and Culture|

Poland’s chief rabbi lashed out at the Krakow Jewish community on Tuesday, following a standoff between armed men and worshipers outside a local house of worship.

On Monday, guards from a private security firm hired by the Gmina, Krakow’s Jewish representative body, physically blocked prayer-goers associated with the Chabad Hasidic movement from entering the city’s Izaak Synagogue, in the latest escalation of an ongoing financial dispute.

The Chabad community has been leasing the building from the Gmina since 2008. A representative of […]

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