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Dairy meals mark Jewish days of mourning

Zelda's raspberry cheesecake.

Zelda's raspberry cheesecake.

One of the lesser known Jewish holidays, Tisha B’Av, or the Ninth of Av, culminates nine days of religious observance that, like many other Jewish occasions, can be summed up — as the old joke goes — “They tried to wipe us out. They couldn’t do it. Let’s eat!”

Tisha B’Av, a fast day, is no celebration, however, culminating nine days of mourning, a solemn time commemorating many devastating events that befell the Jews, including the destruction of the two historic temples in Jerusalem in 427 BC and 70 AD. During this period, from sunset Thursday, July 19, through sunset July 29, Jews refrain from playing or listening to music, and shaving or taking haircuts, drinking wine and a variety of other pleasurable activities. They are forbidden to eat meat and poultry, but they permitted to take consolation in a variety of delicious dairy foods.

Zelda’s Sweet Shoppe in Skokie offers a special Nine Days menu of meatless fare including such items as mac and cheese, salmon en croute, spinach mushroom quiche, Waldorf salad and raspberry cheesecake, available for pickup or delivery. Order at least 24 hours in advance.