Some Like It Hot. Israelis Like It Hotter

How did spiciness become a compulsory Israeli preference when most Jewish cuisines (excluding Libyan and sometimes Tunisian) aren't particularly spicy?

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Israelis enjoy the pain of hot peppers.
An Israeli man enjoys the pain of hot peppers.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Daniel Monterescu
Yair Yosefi
Hot peppers. Who doesn’t have at least one friend who loads every dish with black pepper even before they taste it?Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
An Israeli man participates in a hot pepper eating contest in Tel Aviv.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Preparing a pita dish at Miznon, Tel Aviv.Credit: Moti Milrod
A waiter carries dishes at restaurant and bar Beit Kandinof in Tel Aviv. Credit: Afik Gabay
Hreime, spicy north African fish. 'As Israelis, we are never satiated so we have to go to extremes to feel.'Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Spicy condiments are commonplace in Israel. Credit: David Bachar

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