As Rachel tells it, she got a call from a reporter from the Boston Globe who wanted to know two things: Did she have any creative recipes for Hannukah, and did she live anywhere near Boston? Despite answering “no” and “no”, the Globe decided that she was worth a story anyway. (And while the Velveteen Rabbi is certainly Globe-worthy, I’m not sure she would have chosen to be covered in the food section.)
So I got a desparate email from my wife asking if I could crank out a recipe for a latke variant I’ve been cooking for a few years when I get bored with ordinary potato pancakes. And now that recipe’s featured in today’s Boston Globe, along with an excellent overview of the challenging and rewarding rabinnic program Rachel’s working through. Very cool. Here’s hoping some people will enjoy learning about the complex and creative path Rachel’s taking towards becoming a rabbi, and that some others will enjoy making Hannukah food that includes a bit more color and flavor than most Ashkenazic jewish food!