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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 5, 2012 a new By Linda Gradstein The Media Line As Mohammed Morsy made his first visit to the United States since becom- ing Egypt's first democrati- cally elected president to attend the annual opening sessions of the United Na- tions General Assembly, an Egyptian court has sen- tenced 14 Islamists to death- by-hanging and four to life imprisonment for attacks against soldiers and border police in the Sinai Peninsula last year. The court said the men, members of a terrorist group called Tawheed and Jihad, killed three police- men, an army officer, and a civilian in the 2011 attacks. When the verdicts were announced, some of the defendants unleashed verbal attacks on Morsy, whom they saw as being respon- sible for their incarceration. "Morsy is an infidel and those who follow him are infidels," shouted one de- fendant according to eye- witnesses. The scenario playing out was a reminder of the challenges facing the new presidentwhowas originally a compromise candidate but who has moved to solidify his position in both Egypt and in the international arena. Morsy, a long-time member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was chosen af- ter the Islamist group's first candidate, Ahmed Shafiq, was disqualified. "He's not really popular, but he's definitely getting more respect," Maye Qasm, a professor of political science at the American University of Cairo, told The Media Line. "Initially, people thought he was in the Muslim Brotherhood's pocket, but now he's assert- ed his own authority above and beyond the Muslim brothers. He is influenced by them but he's not the puppet he appeared to be. He's gaining respect as he's focusing more on security which is a big issue since the revolution." The huge expanse of the Sinai desert on the borders of Egypt, Israel and the Gaza Strip continues to pose a security threat to both Israel and Egypt. Last Friday, an Israeli soldier was killed after gunmen opened fire on Israeli soldiers giv- ing water to Eritreans who Morsy is likely to raise lotofrespect,"MahaAzzamsidizedbread for two hours, were trying to infiltrate the issue of re-opening the said. "And while there was but the bread runs out; so into the Jewish state. Last 1979 Camp David peace some skepticism about his just because it's subsidized month, 16 Egyptian soldiers treaty that included Israel's trip to Iran, he took a clear doesn't mean everyone who were killed when terrorists return of Sinai to Egypt. stance against Iran's role in needs it has access to it." ambushed a border post on Whilethatagreementlimits SyriaandagainsttheSyrian In addition to the food the way to launching an the number of troops Egypt regime in general. Hemade crisis, there is a growing attack inside of Israel. After can deploy in Sinai, Egyp- it clear that Egypt was not employment crisis in Egypt the attack, Morsy vowed to tian military officials have going to play ball with Iran as well. The population of re-take control of the area called for more. In the past on any terms." 80 million people is grow- and launched a large-scale fewweeks, Israel has agreed When it comes to eco- ing by two percent a year, assault onarmed groups in to allow Egypt to increase nomic policy, Morsy hasaccording to government the Sinai. troop count temporarily, been more cautious. Thestatistics.About 60 percent "He has to be very cau- but a sustained campaign Egyptian economy is in of the population, and 90 tious when it comes to against the Islamists will crisis, with revenues from percent of the unemployed, Sinai," Maha Azzam, an require a more significant tourism down significantly, are under 30 years of age. Egyptian researcher at increase over a sustained The Economist magazine About 40 percent of Egyp- Chatham House in London period of time. reports that Egypt is the tians live on less than two toldThe Media Line. "Sinai Morsy has also moved third mostindebtedcountry dollars per day, and up to needs to be kept under quickly to consolidate power in the world, with a debt of one-third of the population control for both Egypt's over his army, firing many justunder $207 billion dol- are illiterate. interest, for Israel and for of the top generals includ- lars, which amounts to 82 All of these statistics the region in general. He has ingChief-of-StaffMohamed percent of GDP. TheEcono- are part of the challenges the backing of the military Tantawi - the man who mist said Egypt could sink facing Morsy. So far, most and the general population headed the military council into a full financial crisis. Egyptian analysts say he to create some kind ofstabil- that ruled the country be- "Egypt has never de- has performed better than ity in Sinai." tween Hosni Mubarak's fall pended so much on Ameri- expected for aleaderwith so Israeli officials say the and his own dismissal last can assistance as it does little political experience. Egyptian government has month. Even a controversial now," political scientist Buthewiiihavetomakefar- not succeeded in asserting visittoIranhashelpedboost Maye Qasm said. "Without reaching changes in order its control over the area, Morsy's image, the US assistance, Egypt to re-shape the Egyptian pointing to the continued "Firing the generals was would be having a famine economy if he wants Egypt smuggling of weapons and a major step to show that now. Bread is subsidized but to remain an important fighters into Gaza from Egypt is going to be a civilian people can't depend on that. player on the international Egyptian territory, state and that gained him a People can line-up for sub- scene. Sydney Lauren Auer- bach, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. David Auerbach of Heathrow, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Sydney is in the seventh grade at Lake Highland Preparatory School, where she is a member of the cheerleading team. Her hobbies and interests in- clude, music and spending time with her friends. She is also a member of Kadima. Sharing in the family's simchawill be Sydney's brother, Harrison; her grandmother, Barbara Wax of Boca Raton; grandparents, Rita and Jerry Auerbach of Delray Beach; and family and friends from South Florida and New York. Tyler Sean Gaeser, son of Jeff and Marci Gaeser of Chuluota, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. He is a member of Temple Shir Shalom in Oviedo. Tyler is in the seventh grade at Lawton Chiles Middle School where he is in the honors program and maintains a straight "A" average. He enjoys playing football and basketball and his hobbies include fishing, boating and spending time with friends. Tyler is also in his seventh year of scouting, currently holding the rankofStar in Boy Scout Troop 617. For his mitzvah project, Tyler volunteered at the Hope Center in Oviedo, where he helped distribute food to families in need. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Tyler's sisters, Patti, Jessi and Haley; grandparents, Jerry and Ruth Miller of The Villages, Fla., and Rebecca Gaeser of Altamonte Springs; aunt and uncle, Elaine and Bob Gamson of Longwood, Fla; aunt and uncle, Lynda and Bob Miller of Longwood; and family and friends from Florida, G eorgia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, Washington, Maryland, South Carolina and Virginia. By Faith Kramer any leads" by email at knish@me.com or through her j. the Jewish news weekly website, http://www.knish.me. Toby Engelberg's Potato Knishes In a sunny San Francisco kitchen one recent after- Makes about 16-18 knishes noon, a New York knish tradition was being passed on. Dough: Toby Engelberg was showing food writer and docu- 31/4 cups flour mentary filmmaker Laura Silver how to make her1 Tbs. sugar grandmother's knishes. Engelberg's grandmother was no 1 tsp. salt amateur; she was Fannie Stahl, founder of Mrs. Stahl's 1/2 cup vegetable oil knishes of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, N.Y.--one of the 1 cup lukewarm water city's legendary purveyors of the stuffed, baked Eastern Turn on oven on low until dough is ready. Mix flour, European savory pastries, sugar and salt. Add oil and water. Mix with a spoon Silver, a New York-based knish historian, had been until the dough pulls together, or use a food proces- looking f or years for Stahl family members and the recipe sor or stand mixer (with a dough hook). Turn out on for the knishes she had grown up eating, board and knead, incorporating all pieces. Knead until "It was amazing to find Toby. It went beyond my wildest dough is one piece and is smooth and glossy. Turn off dreams that I'd be making knishes with a descendent of oven. Oil dough and place in oiled, covered bowl. Place Mrs. Stahl and in San Francisco," said Silver.in oven until ready to use. Let rest at least 2 hours; the After years of scouring records and chasing false leads, dough should barely rise if at all. Keeping the dough Silver finally found a clue in an online food forum posting overnight in the refrigerator is fine. Bring back to room by a Stahl relative. Through him, she found Engelberg. temperature before use. And not only did Engelberg have the recipe, but also she Potato filling: knew the family tree and was able to fill in the blanks 6 lbs. russet or new potatoes on Silver's research. 1 cup oil Engelberg, an architect who moved to San Francisco 1/4 cup salt, or to taste in 1988, once contemplated making knishes commer- 11/2 tsp. pepper cially, but said a market for them doesn't exist intheBay 8 cups raw thinly sliced onions Area. Now she makes the knishes (using a re-creation Scrub potatoes and peel except if the new potatoes of her grandmother's recipe) for holiday parties and haveverythin, unblemished skins. Boil about 20 minutes for friends. Her favorites are potato onion, cabbage or until knife tender and drain. Mash with a potato masher. kasha (buckwheat). Add oil, salt (not adding all at once and tasting as you During the Sept. 15 meeting, a camerawoman recorded add) and pepper and mix. Stir in the onion. Engelberg and her cousin from New York, Sara Spatz-- Assembling and baking: another granddaughter of the famous Mrs. Stahliat Vegetable oil and flour as needed work for Silver's upcoming documentary on knishes. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Roll out about half the All the while, Engleberg and Spatz reminisced about dough on a lightly floured counter or table top. Roll their grandmother's shop. with handle-less, rod-style rolling pin out from the Mrs. Stahi began selling her knishes on the beaches center until dough is thin enough to see through, about and boardwalks of Brooklyn in the 1920s. By 1935 she had 1/16-inch thick. opened her shop in the Brighton Beach neighborhood. Oil top edge ofdoughwith apastry brush. Place 2-inch The shop was sold in the mid-1960s, a few years after diameter line of filling about 2 inches from top edge. their grandmother died. Subsequent owners kept the Pick up top edge and drape over filling. Brush oil on business going until 2005, although a New Jersey pasta dough in a 2-inch strip on the bottom edge of the fill- company still markets its own frozen knishes under the ing. Pick up the dough with filling and roll again onto Mrs. Stahl's name. the oiled dough, compressing the filled dough as you In addition to researching knish connections in New turn it. Repeat until the dough covers filling three to York and San Francisco, Silver has traveled to Idaho, four times, being sure to always brush oil on the dough Poland and elsewhere on the trail of historic and modern first. Cut to separate the filled potato knish log from the knish makers, remaining dough. Cut off edges of filled dough. Cut the "There's a quote from Isaac Bashevis Singer about filled roll into pieces about 6- to 8-inches long and coil Yiddish that says the language is dying but it is never like a snail, tucking last end under the coil. Alterna- dead," Silver said. "You can say the same thing about tively, place roll onto ungreased cookie sheet, and slash knishes." with a knife crosswise every 2 inches. Either rolls or Her work in chronicling and celebrating the knish's snails should be placed on the pan with an inch of space history has been supported by the Hadassah-Brandeis between. Repeat with remaining dough on countertop. Institute and other organizations. She expects her When that is used up, repeat with reserved dough. forthcoming book, tentatively titled the "Book of Knish," Bake 20-25 minutes until knish wrapping is browned to be published in late 2013, and she hopes to have a and knishes are cooked through. Start knishes on low- rough cut of her documentary ready next year, as well. est oven rack and raise to top rack after about 10-12 Silver is also working on an exhibit about knish history minutes. Cool in pan. If cooked in rolls, cut into serv- and other projects, but regrets not having much about ing pieces. Knishes can be reheated in the oven or in a "California knish-iana." She said she would "welcome skillet on the stove top.