Melting Pot box


Welcome to the Israeli Melting Pot, one of the most unique and different boxes we have ever created here at Israelibox. One of the most interesting parts of Israel, if you ask me, is the exceptional diversity and background of the Jews that make up Israeli culture today. Each group brings its own story, traditions, foods, and so much more to Israeli society, to create a true melting pot of cultures. Here in Israel, you can find Eastern European, Middle Eastern, Northern African, Persian, Ethiopian, Russian and so many other Jews that come together to share a religion, with vastly different interpretations and representations. It’s magical! This month I invite you to join me in understanding and experiencing some of the different backgrounds that make up the Israeli Melting Pot.

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The Melting Pot Box

4 Greeting Cards with Traditional Ethopian Drawings and Words – Rokmot
Give the gift of Ethiopian culture with these greeting cards, a replication of the unique embroidery work by the women of Rokmot. With the bold colors that are traditional in Ethiopian art, these cards feature the words ahava (love), todah (thank you), chibuk (hug), and mazal tov, together with their Amharic translations.

Iraq: Bahart Spice by Ayelet Spices
Bahart is a traditional spice mix used in the Iraqi kitchen, specifically in “tabit”, the famous Iraqi chicken dish. Tabit is a slow cooked cholent dish whose variations can be found in a wide range of kitchens.   The mix features black pepper, allspice, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon and is perfect with any slow-cooked meat dish! Check out the recipe on our blog.

Egypt/Syria: Mixture for Majadara Rice by Derech Hatavlinim
Derech Hatavlinim is a family business, having grown spices for over fifty years. Today, the Derech Hatavlinim has become a trademark for high-quality Israeli spices. I chose to add this Majadara mix to highlight the Middle Eastern kitchens and their affinity for strong flavors and spices. Add this mix while cooking rice to make traditional “Majadara”.  Be careful! Once you start eating Majadara, you’ll never go back to plain white rice!

Tripoli (Libya): “Mei Zohar” (Orange Flower Water) by Pereg
The story of Pereg starts (appropriately) in Libya back in 1906, where Avraham Prig and his family lived and breathed spices. When they made Aliyah in 1948 (and changed their name to Pereg meaning poppy seed), they started spreading their love for spices throughout the land of Israel, with future generations of the family being born into the family business (and love of the land!). Mei Zohar (orange flower water) is made through a purification process from the buds of citrus fruit. North African Jews and specifically Libyans use it while making mallabi and sachleb (recipes on our blog!) as well as rubbing it on their hands for a refreshing smell at various life events.

Poland: Kitchen Towel by Hapolania
At the end of the day, in each of us (or our mothers!) lives a Jewish Polish mother who loves to worry and loves to love. With that concept, Michal Fishbein created “Hapolania”- the Polish Woman. Her creative and witty designs bring out the true Polish mother in each of us and put a smile on my face each time I look at her products. This dish towel says “Careful- It’s hot! Eat – It’s getting cold!” the perfect summary of the Polish mother dilemma. Hapolania has a unique line of products featuring these “Polish” phrases that all of us use every day without even noticing it!



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