Today on Tablet
Joan Nathan breaks down how Jews have cornered the ice cream biz
August is the perfect time to learn about ice cream on its churn from luxury item to summer juggernaut. Joan Nathan gives the scoop:
How did a Polish immigrant come up with a name like Häagen-Dazs? He was inspired by Jewish history: “The only country which saved the Jews during World War II was Denmark, so I put together a totally fictitious Danish name and had it registered,” Mattus told me. “Häagen-Dazs doesn’t mean anything. [But] it would attract attention, especially with the umlaut.”
Also, for those in chilly moods, you ought to check out “The Frozen Rabbi,” a novel written by Steve Stern, illustrated by Paul Rogers, and serialized by Tablet. It will not disappoint.
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