Syrian Meatballs in Cherry Sauce Recipe

Kibbeh cherry (or “geraz” in Arabic) is a classic Syrian dish. It’s made up of a kibbeh roll, essentially a meat jelly roll, braised in a tamarind-laced sweet and tangy sauce. The roll is complicated to make, using ground beef and a mixture of beef and rice ground together, called kibbeh dough. I strip away the […]

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Lin-Manuel Miranda and my German-Jewish grandma both made ‘the Heights’ what it is

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Several years before skyrocketing to superstardom with “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the music and lyrics for the exuberant Broadway musical “In the Heights.” In the last act of the stage production, a salsa-flavored celebration of the Latino community of Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood, a sign for “Rosario’s Car […]

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Three Poems

Click here to read the rest of the Paul Celan folio. Introduced and translated from the German by Carlie Hoffman(English follows the German, below) Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger, a younger cousin of Paul Celan, was a Jewish, German-language poet and translator who died in a Nazi labor camp in 1942, at the age of 18. She left behind […]

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To Life

Click here to read the rest of the Paul Celan folio. Introduced and translated from the German by Carlie Hoffman(English follows the German, below) For almost 75 years, Paul Celan’s “Todesfuge” (“Deathfugue”) has vexed and moved readers. Since my first encounter with the poem in a graduate seminar on the elegy, I’ve noticed how the […]

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