Noshin’ Recipe: Onion-Poppy Seed Bread Ring

What do Purim and shiva have in common? Maybe not much except this exquisite bread.

Last week was the second week my baking class studied Jewish traditions around funerals and shiva. Rabbi Esther Adler, one of Mount Zion’s rabbi’s, answered the kids’ questions on death and dying. “What do Jews think about the afterlife?” “Can I say kaddish for a non-Jewish friend?” “Can Jews be cremated?”

And my personal favorite, “If Barbie were a Jew, would she — could she — be buried in a hot pink coffin (even if it’s pine)?” (I’m so unbelievably proud of these kids for asking legitimate, probing questions).

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