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Wikipedia: Good for the Jews, Part II

Speaking of Wikipedia and the Jews, during the Yom Kippur fast someone wistfully told me about the online encyclopedia's extensive list of sandwiches. There are some forty in all, from baguette to wrap — well worth reading during your lunch … Read More

By / October 5, 2006
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Speaking of Wikipedia and the Jews, during the Yom Kippur fast someone wistfully told me about the online encyclopedia's extensive list of sandwiches. There are some forty in all, from baguette to wrap — well worth reading during your lunch break.

But the Wikipedia sandwich entry provides more than just a really long list of lunch meats. Check out their explanation of the delicacy's origin:

The sandwich was named after the 4th Earl of Sandwich, an 18th-century English aristocrat, although it is unlikely to have been invented by him. Indeed a form of sandwich is attributed to the ancient Jewish sage Hillel the Elder, who is said to have put meat from the Paschal lamb and bitter herbs inside matzo (or flat bread) during Passover. However, crediting any single person with the invention of the sandwich is arguably similar to crediting someone with the invention of the wheel since they are both highly likely to have been thought of independently by different minds.

Yeah…brilliant Jewish minds.

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