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Falafel is an ancient dish that has been popular in Egypt and now the rest of the Middle East. The history of falafel goes back to the days of the pharaohs. The name most likely devise from the Arabic word for spicy, Mefelfel. The Copts, an Egyptian Christian sect, also claim to have invented the ta’amia, the fava-bean fritter that is parent to the falafel. It is believed that falafels were invented in Alexandria. Since Alexandria is a port, sailors from all over took the delicious little patties home, and eventually falafel became popular fasts food all over the Middle East. Accordingly, Middle Eastern Jews overwhelmingly favored chickpeas solo in their falafels. An early Middle Eastern fast food, falafel was commonly sold wrapped in paper, but not served in the familiar pita sandwich. Beginning in the 1950s, Yemenite immigrants in Israel took up making falafel to earn a livehood, utilizing the chickpea version common in the Levant and transformed this ancient treat into the Israeli national street food. It’s hard to come by authentic, good quality, healthy Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine. Falafel’s not only pioneered the segment but remains the leader even today! From an array of delicious falafels and yummy hummus platters, to healthy wraps, and salads to powerhouse meal boxes, Falafel’s has slightly tempered all of these to suit the Indian palate, while retaining all the original flavours. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian fares come in a wide variety of flavours that will leave you spoilt for choice. All dishes at Falafel’s are priced sparingly so that healthy food is always available to you without burning a hole in your pocket.The focus remains on good food and quick service so that you never have to wait long for your meal. One of the fastest growing quick service meal chains in the country, Falafel’s is the nourishing answer to all your food cravings!

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Say hello to Aarishaa!
Tomorrow (Sunday) Aarishaa will take over our stories to give us a glimpse for her life as a Jewish teenager in Mumbai! Check it out!
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This is the craziest thing. I just discovered that my article “Chasing Challah in Mumbai” was translated to Yiddish in 2017. It might be a global first. Lol. Who would have imagined an article by this Indian Israeli Jewess would be translated to Yiddish (Yiddish is written with the Hebrew alphabet). Next, someone needs to translate it to Ladino, Hebrew, Marathi & Hindi. ...

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On the 6th day of our trip through Jewish India with danielndennis , we join the local Jewish community in Mumbai to celebrate Shabbat.

Many of the original Bene Israel Jews were oil pressers. Jews were the only ones to make and sell oil in the villages of Mumbai. These oil pressers were referred to as “Shanivar Teli” (Saturday Off People), because they did not work or sell oil on Shabbat. To this day it is still a tradition among locals in Mumbai, both Jews and Non-Jews, not to shop or purchase anything on Saturdays, since their grandparents and parents never shopped on Saturdays.

Both in the past and today, Shabbat is the day when most Jews in India go to synagogue and attend services. After, they have family gatherings where they come together at home, pray, sing and eat a special meal of meat, chicken, fish, soup, and drinks.

Pictured here is a ticket which was allotted to the Jews by the Bombay Municipal Corporation during the time of British India (from 1858 to 1947). During that time period Jews had a large population in cities like Bombay (today Mumbai) and Calcutta. This special ticket allowed Jews to travel by trams on Shabbat and High Holidays, without having to use money and purchase a new pass.

Shabbat Shalom from India!

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On the third day of our trip through Jewish India danielndennis takes us to a Malida ceremony.

Malida is a ceremony only observed by the Bene Israel community, and not by Cochin Jews, Bene Ephraim or Baghdadi Jews (other communities of Jews from India). It is dedicated to giving thanks. The ceremony is performed by the community before or during any happy occasion such as weddings, bar-mitzvahs, engagements, naming ceremonies, birthdays, and house-warming ceremonies.

The traditional ceremony involves praying over and eating a plate of rice, dried coconut, sugar, and dried fruits, (at least one of the fruits being seasonal).

Since the prophet Elijah is considered the guardian prophet of the Bene Israel community, (it is said that he rescued the Jews who escaped the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and were washed ashore right outside today’s Mumbai), Malida has become synonymous with celebrating Elijah and giving thanks to him. Families sing Eliyahu Hanavi and say blessings over the fruits.

Wherever Bene Israel Jews live today, whether in Israel, India, or elsewhere, Malida is still observed and considered highly important.

#malida #beneisrael #prophetelijah #givingthanks #jewishindia #jewishmumbai #jewishtraditions #jewishceremonies

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