How Jews Eat

MyJewishLearning is proud to present an introspective, intergenerational, intercultural look at the most Jewish of all Jewish holiday activities: eating.

We all do it, but we do it in radically different ways. And with radically different philosophies (for proof, read some of the comments on this very site). And don’t worry, this isn’t a video about how Jews SHOULD eat, it’s about how we do eat, like it or lump it.

Anyway, check it out and let us know what you think.

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4 Responses to “How Jews Eat”

  1. Anon Says:

    No offense, but… all these “How Jews DO (eat, dress, whatever)” vids seem to be starring the same six people from NYC.
    I know New Yorkers have trouble believing this, but really, there are Jews in other places, and we aren’t necessarily exactly the same. Please, even one Persian Jew in LA? A Russian or Israeli in DC? A Rhodesli in Seattle?

    And let’s not even get into Jews in other countries…
    Could we call these videos something like “How Jews a couple of folks in New York know eat/dress/whatever” instead of presenting it as the way Jews do things everywhere?

  2. Daniel Septimus Says:

    Thanks for the comment, Anon. Unfortunately, is a non-profit, which doesn’t exactly have the budget to fly to multiple locations for geographical diversity. We’re based in New York City, so we’ve started there.

    We are sensitive to the need for a diverse group of subjects and thus far we’ve chosen diversity of age and religious background. Perhaps you’ll be happy to know that our next video (which is just about done) has an Argentinian Jew and a convert. But I guess some might argue with that choice as the group will not exactly be a representative sample, now. Bottom line: these are short pieces with a limited budget, and there’s only so much we can do.

    As for the title, I think it’s pretty obvious from the video that we’re trying to capture a snapshot of a few Jewish lives, not present a comprehensive picture of the way Jews do things. Plus, How Some Jews Eat” might be more appropriate, but it sounds terrible.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    Daniel Septimus

  3. Adam Jackson, Editor-in-Chief Says:


    Thank you for your comments.

    We’re really excited to increase the international coverage and focus on JCarrot.

    In the coming weeks and months, there will be more posts featuring Jews from different cultures and other countries. We already started during Pesach, with an unusual Portuguese recipe (which you may not have seen) here. We’re not all regular cholent-eating, kitniot-abstainers (which is not to say we’d knock those important traditions, either!).

    But please email us or write back with another comment below about what sorts of more diverse coverage you’d like to see on the blog, and what you might be able to contribute.

    The best thing about the internet is the way it brings together people from all over the world, and we’re determined that JCarrot should be as geographically diverse as our global readership.


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