I had the immense privilege and pleasure of spending the past few days in Connecticut at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center for the Hazon Food Conference.Â I can’t yet write much about the weekend, because being at Isabella Freedman and at the Conference was so wonderful, I’m still processing it all.Â Suffice it to say that no one I spoke with wanted to leave.
For now, I just want to summarize a debate that we had over the weekend.Â I’ve heard this debate a few times, always difference, always gripping.Â Below are some of the arguments I heard, and now I’m putting it to you.
Latke or Hamentaschen: Which is better?
Arguments that were voiced in favor of the latke:
-If you look at a bicycle, most of the parts (e.g. wheels) are shaped like a latke.
-One of the most frequent problems on a bicycle is a chain that isn’t well enough greased.Â If you’re carrying a latke with you, you can use it for sustenance and/or to grease your chain.
-If you cut a hamentaschen in half and plant it, nothing happens.Â If you cut a potato in half and plant it, you will have several potatoes the next year.
-The latke is much more pure because it’s just a few ingredients; you don’t really know what the hamentaschen is (and it might contain prunes).
-We’re in the middle of the latke’s holiday, so obviously the latke gets bonus points.
-Hanukkah lasts eight days, while Purim is only one.
-Latke’s easier to spell.
Arguments in favor of the hamentaschen:
-You can fill it with whatever is your favorite (including, perhaps, the latke).
-It resembles the pubic triangle.
-The frame of the bicycle is composed of two triangles.
-The hamentaschen is the Jewish people’s version of the Cliff Bar.
-The hamentaschen requires no extra packaging, while the latke obviously does unless you want grease everywhere.
-The latke causes global warming.
-Free association: “What do people think of when they hear the word latke: oil.Â What do people think of when they hear the words Dick Cheney: oil.Â Therefore, a vote for latke is a vote for Dick Cheney.”Â (And the latke resembles Dick Cheney.)
For more arguments for both sides, please buy yourself a copy of The Great Latke-Hamentash Debate.
P.S. Hazon, among other things, does the Israel Bike Rides, New York Jewish Environmental Bike Rides, D.C. Bike Rides, etc., which is why there were so many bicycle related arguments.Â I have never gone on one of Hazon’s bike rides, but I hear they’re incredible, and I plan on doing the Israel Bike Ride in May.