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Today on Tablet, Leah Koenig looks at the rise of three culinary staples in the kiddush tradition at shuls across the country.

In early 20th-century America, Kiddush with a capital “K” (the blessing) gave rise to kiddush with a lowercase “k” (the social hour). Community leaders began to understand the importance of the synagogue as a place for congregants to rest and form relationships—especially for hardworking immigrants in a new and unfamiliar country.

It’ll feed your brain, but it might make you hungry. Fortunately, there’s a recipe too. Check it out here.