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All Things Being Equine...
Did horses once chow down on this Passover staple?
ELIZABETH APPLEBAUM ASSOCIATE EDITOR
El: I am 18 years old and
will be studying in Israel this
summer. In the meantime, I
have finally begun some-
thing I've always wanted to
do: modeling. I know Israel
has a modeling industry,
and I was wondering if Tell
Me Why could give me some
names of some reputable
it would be quite a
challenge to find out
exactly why the per-
son who came up with
the word "table" de-
cided that combina-
tion of syllables so
perfectly described his
The mystery in the
case of this pungent
herb is the "horse," not
the "radish," which
likely refers to the veg-
From a reader in Farm-
, etable which shares
A: Tell Me Why was Israeli beauty queen Tali Ben-Harush, center, wins the Miss
It might be that mem-
able to reach two of the Asia-Pacific Pageant. Do you know how to get started in the
bers of the equine fam-
largest modeling agen- beauty business in Israel?
ily once dined on the
cies in the United States
but we'll never know
and get the scoop on their con-
about the Bible and the beginning for certain.
tacts in Israel.
What Tell Me Why can tell
Elite Models, of New York, of time. Adam and Eve had three
works with Look Models & Tal- sons, Cain, Abel and Seth. Where you is that horseradish has an
ent of Tel Aviv. The address and did Cain and Seth's wives come interesting history, and
throughout that history has
phone number: 35 Bnei Brak
had numerous names and
St., Tel Aviv 66021, 011-972-3-
— if there is one.
The French knew the herb
Ford Models, also of New
From reader M. M. in Livonia
York, works with Image Models
A: This is a question that has as moutardes des Allemands,
in Tel Aviv. The address and vexed Torah interpreters for or "mustard of the Germans,"
phone number: #103 Hachas- generations, and there are because during the Middle
monaim St., Tel Aviv 67133, many explanations of where the Ages only the Germans and
wives come from. Here are two. Danes considered horseradish
Aspiring models should take
According to Genesis 5:4 , a food; everyone else used it as
a look at a new guide, the Inter- Adam had "sons and daugh- a medicine (horseradish has
national Directory of Model and ters." Some interpret this to been touted as a remedy for
Talent Agencies and Schools, mean that Cain, Abel and Seth everything from neck pain to
which lists the names, address- married their sisters.
The reason very few found
es, phone and fax numbers of
Another interpretation is de-
hundreds of organizations rived from Genesis 1:26 28, the
throughout the world. The guide sixth day of creation. This is the condiment is simple, according
costs $29.95, plus $5 shipping first account of the creation of to Rodale's Illustrated Ency-
and handling. To order, write man, and some say this episode clopedia of Herbs: "(it) assaults
Peter Glenn Publications, 42 W. speaks not just of one man and the tongue and nose so power-
38th St., Suite 802, New York, one woman but of many per- fully that its use and culinary
NY 10018, or call 1-800-223- sons — humanity in general. reputation spread only very
Adam and Eve, however, were cautiously."
In England, horseradish,
created separately by God
which is believed to have its ori-
Q: How much salt is there in the (Genesis 2:7, 2:21 23) and gins in Europe and western
placed in the Garden of Eden
Asia, was known as "Red Cole."
A: Tons and tons and tons and so as to be distinct from other Then, during Elizabethan
tons, and that's no exaggeration. humans. After they were ban- times, it became "Horse
The Dead Sea, whose salt is ished from Eden, Adam and Radish"; in a book on herbs,
famous worldwide (it is said to Eve lived in the ordinary part John Gerard wrote that "the
have curative powers), contains of Earth and their sons took Horse Radish stamped with a
some 11,600,000,000 tons of salt. wives from the common hu- little vinegar put thereto is
The question is, how did it get mans.
commonly used among the
there? Did a lot of people sud-
Germans for sauce."
denly become sodium-conscious
In addition to making a reg-
and dump all their old salt in the years old. During our Passover din- ular appearance at seder ta-
ner I asked how "horseradish" got bles, horseradish is almost
Not exactly. In fact, nobody its name. Please Tell Me Why! always served with gefilte fish
knows how salt got into any of
among Russian Jews — but
the oceans or seas.
don't even think of offering it
Admittedly, some of it comes
to Polish Jews, who like their
from Earth's surface, but scien-
fish sweet. E
tists are continually mystified many words came to be. The
by how so much salt continues
to permeate natural bodies of around for hundreds, some- - Send questions to "Tell Me Why".
water. An estimated one-quar- times thousands of years. So c I o The Jewish News, 27676
ter pound of salt is in each gal- while we all know how the Ed- Franklin Rd., Southfield, MI
sel got its name, for example,
lon of sea water.
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