Friday, 12 June 2009

Ask The Rabbi?

Like much of mankind's recorded past the origin of the sandwich is clouded in myth. Controversially, in common with a large portion of modern history, the sandwich may too have been a victim of poisonous anti-Semitic actions and denials.

We found it illuminating to discover a comprehensive and convincing body of evidence behind the invention, in-fact, being a creation of Rabbi Hillel the Elder, rather than the conceited Englishman the Earl Of Sandwich. Interestingly this would have been well over fifteen hundred years before the grand earl arrogantly added his title to the mix!

Evidence uncovered stems from a part of the Passover Seder, (the annual commemoration of the Exodus from Egypt), in the section of Korech, where the Haggadah, the ancient liturgy, instructs participants to take the matzo and wrap it around the bitter herbs and eat them together whilst saying in Hebrew: "This is a remembrance of Hillel in Temple times — This is what Hillel did when the Temple existed: he used to enwrap the Paschal lamb, the matzo and the bitter herbs and eat them as one."

Rabbi Hillel is also famous for once having been asked to explain the Jewish religon whilst standing on one foot, he is said to have quickly replied "What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Law; the rest is the explanation; go and learn". Pretty much all you need to know right?

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