Alex Rostotsky Trio: Boiled Borsht
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These were the Sephardim, and unlike the Ashkenazim--who brought with them the cheesecakes of eastern Europe, the borsht
of Russia and the strudels of Hungary--they embraced the customs and traditions of their new homes and established their own particular cuisine.
In the summers of 1944, 1945 and 1946, I worked as a waiter in upstate New York hotels--the so-called "Borsht
Belt"--and many of my guests were psychiatrists and psychoanalysts.
The abundant choices in soups range from vegetable, tomato and onion to borsht
, chowder and gumbo.
But then I asked, "When your family comes together to celebrate, what do you eat?" We barely needed the translator as they responded: kugel, gefilte fish, borsht
, brisket, and so on.
Creating a link between Post-World War II, Borsht
Belt stand-up comedy and contemporary Jewish stand-up comedy, Donald Weber, in the most historicized essay in this collection, argues that Jewish stand-up comedy has significantly changed over the last thirty to forty years from embodying an antagonistic, self-hating relationship to Jewishness to engaging a more positive and affirmative attitude toward Jewishness.
We crossed Geulah Street, entered the warren--like alleys of the shabby ultra-Orthodox quarter at the top of Ahva, passed underneath washing lines heavy with black, yellow and white clothes, among rusty iron railing of neglected verandas and outside staircases, climbed up through Zikhron Moshe which was always swathed in poor Ashkenazi cooking smells, of cholent, borsht
, garlic and onion and sauerkraut, and continued across to the Street of the Prophets.
Comedians like Milton Berle took the moral mensch along as they made the move from the Borsht
Belt to Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s, and the word seeped into the American mainstream.
and bist meshugge to cuisine such as blintzes and borsht
to items of ritual, such as havdallah or kharoses.