Food and Death: A Look at the Tasty and Tearful Tradition of Jewish Mourning

Eggs, lentils and bagels are just some of the ways Jewish communities mark periods of mourning like Tisha B’Av

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For American Jews, bagel platters may be the most common food served after a funeral or during the shivah (the seven-day mourning period). In Israel, the bagels are replaced by bourekas (a Turkish savory...