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  1. Why Jews Love Chinese Food on Dec. 25

    True, Chinese eateries are often open on Christmas. But that only half-explains the beloved ritual of American Jews enjoying plates of General Tso’s chicken, chop suey and dumplings for the holiday. In past centuries, immigrant Jews found succor in the wonton soup — the Chinese don’t mix dairy with meat, giving the semblance of kosher food. The two cultures also found solidarity: As non-Christians, both groups could revel in their otherness on the most special night for Christians — and not go hungry.

    The Atlantic

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