Candies for 'Seudat Yitro'

For years I’ve been trying to recreate this special meal from memory.

February 8, 2018 20:16
 Pigeon-shaped candy

Pigeon-shaped candy. (photo credit: PASCALE PEREZ-RUBIN AND LIORA KUTNER)


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One of the fondest memories from my childhood was celebrating Seudat Yitro, a festive meal we would hold on the Thursday before the portion of Yitro was read in the synagogue. This year, it occurred last week.

There are many beliefs about the origin of this custom. The most common one is that when young boys were studying Torah in kutab, the Tunisian version of heder, they would have learned enough by this time of year to read the Ten Commandments all by themselves, which appear in parashat Yitro.


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