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PAGE 40 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 21, By Rachel Pomerance lution expressing concern for by the United States. It later lobby diplomats against the ian crisis." Israel's version ex- Israelis from harm, "a lot Palestinian children living passed in the General Assem- other resolutions were told to presses concern for the "con- them will not likely NEW YORK (JTA)--After under Israeli occupation bly--whose resolutions are give up, since the resolutions tinuous grave threat to Israeli the bill. It will "expose dodging bullets at the United Italsocomesas Israel fights not binding--by a 144-4 vote. were so ingrained in the sys- children from Palestinian ter- hypocrisy of the United Nations for half a century, Is- offseveralArab and European The second was a Russian temastobeaimostautomatic, rorism, and about the severe tions," Hoenlein added. raei has decided to switch tac- attemptsat the UnitedNations resolution circulatedlastweek Mekel explained, consequences of continuing But Mekel wants to tics. toforce Israel to make conces- pressing for implementation Israel's recent resolution terrorist attacks by Palestin- assembly a chance. For the first time, the Jew- sions, of the "road map'r peace plan. adopts similar language to the ian terrorist groups such as Israelislong ish state introduced its own Two major efforts under- Pro-Israel activists say that Egyptian one, even invoking Humus, Islamic Jihad and the United Nations with resolution in a General As- way have materialized the fears would usurp American influ- the same U.N. conventions. AI Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade di- dain sembly committee, voicing that Israel's U.N. ambassador, ence and empower the United For example, the Egyptian rectedagainstIsraelicivilians, an empty and silly concern for Israeli children Dan Gillerman, expressed in a Nations, which is seen as bi- resolution expresses concern including children." "We are living under the threat of Pal- conference call to the Confer- used toward the Palestinians. over the "continuous grave presenting them, we believe, Jewish state. estinian terrorism, ence of Presidents of Major In what has become an an- deterioration of the situation with amoral dilemma,"Mekel But, "Until now we were onlyAmerican Jewish Organiza- nual ritual, the General As- of Palestinian children in the said. ''We are putting them to the time has come" to"take playing defense. Now we are tions about a month ago. sembly passes nearly 20 anti- Occupied Palestinian Terri- the test." The United Nations active stance, playing offense," said Ambas- OnewasaSyrian-sponsoredIsrael resolutions, almost by tory, including East Jerusa- is likely to fail that test, said we are doing." In sador Arye Mekel, Israel's resolution at the Security rote. Israel chose to respond lem, andabouttheseverecon- Malcolm Hoenlein, executive weeks, lsraelwilidis deputy permanent represen- Council--whose resolutions to the recent Egyptian resolu- sequences of the continuing vice chairman of the Confer- ters to U.N. members tative to the United Nations. are binding--to force Israel to tion because it represented a Israeli assaults and sieges on ence of Presidents. for their support on the lntroducedMonday, Israel's stop building its West Bank relatively new addition to the Palestinian cities, towns, vii- "For dead Jews they have lution, and the Jewish resolution comes in the wake security fence, batch, lages and refugee camps, re- sympathy," he said, but when will reach out to ofan Egyptian-sponsoredreso- That resolution was vetoed Israeli officials who tried to suiting in the dire humanitar- it comes to protecting living Jewish groups as well. By Linda Morel NEW YORK, (JTA)--Did you know that Thanksgiving is really a Jewish holiday? Although Thanksgiving is not on the Jewish calendar, historians believe that Sukkot may have inspired America's favorite farewell to fall, often nicknamed "Turkey Day." "The pilgrims based their customs on the Bible," says Gloria Kaufer Greene, author of the "New Jewish Holiday Cookbook" (Times Books, 1999). "They knew that Sukkot was an autumn harvest festival, and there is evidence that they fashioned the first Thanksgiving after the Jewish custom of celebrating the success of the year's crops." Linda Burghardt, author of "Jewish Holiday Traditions" (Citadel Press, 2001), said, "Sukkot is considered a model for Thanksgiving. Both holidays revolve around showing gratitude for a bountiful harvest." Today Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of Novem- ber, but President Franklin Roosevelt didn't propose this timing until 1939. It was Abraham Lincoln who made Thanksgiving a national Piping hot casseroles brimming with vegetables and fruit grace the American and Jewish harvest tables, as do pastries that are filled with apples, nuts, pumpkins and squash. Stuffing one food inside another as a metaphor for abundance is the hallmark of Sukkot cuisine. Yet there's nothing more opulent than the elaborate bread stuffings found inside Thanksgiving turkeys. Burghardt's favorite dishes at both holidays are hearty and basic. When entertaining, she starts with her harvest vegetable soup, which sets a homey tone. "Sometimes we roast sweet potatoes outside on the grill just because it's past the season and therefore fun," she says. "I make my applesauce from scratch." Greene enjoys transforming traditional Thanksgiving recipes into kosher cuisine. "I like mixing new and old world themes," she says. One of her favorite recipes is glazed turkey with fruit-nut stuffing. Bursting with so much produce, it's a one-dish harvest festival. Because the pilgrims and Indians shared roasted corn during the first Thanksgiving, Greene's double-corn bread is a fitting choice. It is soft and moist, almost like a kugel. 11/2 cups cranberries 12 pitted prunes, coarsely chopped 6 dried apricots, coarsely chopped I cup raisins 3 medium apples, cored and diced 11/2 cups chopped nuts 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley Itsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp. ground cloves 1/8 tsp. ground ginger Salt andpepper to taste 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1. In a medium-sized saucepan saut the onion oil over medium-high heat, stirring until tender but not browned. Transfer to a large bowl. Set aside. 2. In the same (unwashed) pan, combine orange juice sugar, bringing mixture to a boil over medium-high Stir in cranberries and bring to a boil. Lower the heat simmer cranberries, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes, or until berry skins pop. holiday. Roosevelt actually changed Lincoln's decree that Harvest-time cranberry relish is always a big hit at Greene's 3. Mix in prunes, apricots and raisins. Remove from Thanksgiving be observed on the last Thursday in November, house. Transfer mixture to bowl containing onion and celery. which may fall on the fifth Thursday of the month. "Several years ago, I invited a family of Russian-Jewish Cool to room temperature. Add remaining stuffing il r |: Jerus, The pilgrims invited local Indians to the first Thanksgiving immigrants to celebrate their first Thanksgiving. ents and mix well. [ during the fall of 1621. Historians speculate that this celebra- While they adored traditional American foods, they were Turkey: 'Unit r era~err an tionoccurredsomewherebetweenSeptember21andNovem- especiallyfascinatedwiththetasteandbrightcolorofcranber- 112-14 pound turkey, completely defrosted in refi ig p? . I irst ber 9, but most likely in early October, around the time of ries." But since the two holidays are so close in time, isthereany Canolaoil Sukkot. reason for American Jews who celebrate Sukkot to pay homage 1. Clean turkey well and discard giblets. Rub skin with . "Originally, Sukkot entailed a pilgrimage to Jerusalem," says to a second harvest festival six weeks later? oil. Greene, who believes the two holidays share much in common. "Participating in Thanksgiving is how we feel American," The Puritan Christianswho landed on American shores says Greene, a former food columnist for the Baltimore Jewish i . seeking religious freedom were called pilgrims, in deference to Times, who used to submit a Thanksgiving story every year. their journey from England. Their dream of finding a place She agrees with Burghardt that Thanksgiving is a lovely where they'd be free to worship as they pleased is a recurrent experience. It's an easy holiday to include friends and neighbors degree oven for about 3 hours. ets theme in Jewish history, of other faiths After their pilgrimage to Jerusalem, the ancient Israelites "While Thanksgiving is not technically a Jewish holiday, it's Yield: 10 servings lived for a week in temporary huts while giving thanks for a not a Christian one either," says Burghardt. DOUBLE CORN BREAD plentiful harvest. Likewise, during their first winter in Massa- "It's a great equalizer with a multicultural theme."Although l cup yellow cornmeal chusetts, the pilgrims dwelled in makeshift huts, wigwams that Burghardt believes that Thanksgiving with its chocolate tur- I cup all-purpose flour the Indians helped them build, keys and pilgrims lacks Sukkot's depth, Greene feels there's 3 Tbsp. sugar By Ra While Sukkot remains a seven-day observance, the first something spiritual about the whole country partaking in a 4 tsp. baking powder Thanksgiving celebration continued for three days, a time communal meal, even though menus and customs vary from 1/2 tsp. salt t frame more similar to the Jewish harvest festival than today s home to home. At her table, she asks guest to share one thing 2 large eggs . 1 Thanksgiving dinner, which often begins in late afternoon and for which they're grateful 1/3 cup canola oil ends several hours later. "Like Sukkot, at Thanksgiving you re supposed to invite 1 (about 15-ounce) can cream-style corn, including rfferen With its pumpkin pies and cranberry garlands, Thanksgiving people to share abundance with your family, says Burghardt. (Note: Because cream-style corn does not contain dairy ] .rael mirrors many of Sukkors customs and culinary themes "You can't serve too much food. Could there be anything more products,1. Preheat itoveniS pareve.)to 400 degrees. Coat an 8-inch squa re i|i " -tt the i i n'ma] Burghardt says she is amazed at how many of the same foods Jewish than that?" ' ~ part are connected to both holidays. HARVEST VEGETABLE SOUP pan with no-stick spray. ' " r - " From "Jewish Holiday Traditions," by Linda Burghartlt 2. In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, nou,o -.e is: 3 cups chicken stock powder and salt. Make a well in the center, and add eggs, in t 2 medium potatoes, diced canned corn. Beat wet ingredientswith a fork to combine ter deci 1/4 cup diced onions then incorporate dry ingredients. Stir only until allingre [ a 1~2cup diced carrots are completely moistened and combined, rep 1/2 cup corn kernels 3. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 mitat,ish 1/2 cup lima beans or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cut ides ( cup diced zucchini into 16 squares and serve directly from the pan. ! icipa g Sal l large leek, diced HARVEST-TIME CRANBERRY RELISH are Advertisin es 1/2cupstewed tomatoes l medium-sizednavelorange ; i titom, salt and pepper to taste 112-ouncepkg. fresh cranberries, sorted, rinsedand r fundil 1/4 cup chopped parsley I medium-sized apple, cored and cut into eighths ii Ould Full or Part Time 1. Combine all ingredients-except for sait, pepper and pars- l medium-sized pear, coredandcut intoeighths | ley-in a large saucepan and bring to a boil, then reduce 1/4 cup walnutpieces i i r Ill brella heat andsimmer for 10 minutes. 1/4 cup dark raisins i ' terrnin ~ers 2. Add salt and pepper. 1/2 cup dark brown sugar eas Call Jeffat parsley3" Pour into a large tureen or individual bowls and sprinkleon top. 21TbSP.Tbsp. lemonjuicegranulated sugar i~!:~e J~ish,~vhicl J( Yield: 6 servings 1. Use a sharp knife to remove the colored part of the and r The following 3 recipes are from . rind. Set aside. Remove and discard the white pith. whi "TheNewJewish HolidayCookbook,"byGloriaKauferGreene: orange pulp into chunks. . i~0 . -- J GLAZED TURKEY WITH FRUIT-NUT STUFFING 2. Put orange rind and pulp into food processor fitted lit .n w( Fruit-Nut Stuffing: steel blade with the remaining relish ingredients, talso( LORIDAIJEWISH NEWS 2TbSP. canolaoil Pulse the mixture until ingredients are finely chopl l that --4 I large onion, finely chopped not smoothly pureed. on 407 83 -8787 2celerystalks, diced 3. Chill relish covered for several hours, stirringo,| do, until the sugar completely dissolves and flavors blena ral-. 1/2 cup orange juice 1/4 cup sugar Yield: about 31/2 cups raen