Born in Europe out of religious obligation, poverty, and ingenuity, gefilte fish survived in America due to bottling technology, innovative advertising, and an American Jewish desire to experience faith through the large intestine.
Jews eat dairy on Shavuot because the ensuing discomfort makes us appreciate the gifts we do have — like Torah — while we pay for those we don’t — like the enzyme that digests lactose.
Maybe that’s why Jenny’s Cuban-style flan was such an amazing addition to this evening’s wrestling match with text. Or maybe it’s because it was shiny and delicious. (But seriously… who cares why?)