Jewish Facts of Life

Please consider the following FACT” in quotations marks since we can’t verify this connection between Jews and a St. Patrick’s Day tradition. Still, we thought you might find this Jewish blogger’s note interesting and fun:

“Have you ever wondered why the Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage? I mean, isn’t corned beef a stereotypically ‘Jewish’ food?

I recently learned that we tribesmen actually did have something to do with the Irish tradition. Back in Ireland, St. Paddy’s had been celebrated with bacon and cabbage. But, when the Irish arrived in the New World, they found that bacon was expensive and hard to find. So they turned to their Jewish Lower East Side neighbors who introduced them to corned beef as an inexpensive, tasty alternative.”

For a fascinating article on “How Irish Jews Celebrate St. Patrick,” click here.


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