Dr. Fauci weighs in on the latke vs. hamentaschen debate

Dr. Fauci weighs in on the latke vs. hamentaschen debate

Dr. Anthony Fauci still wants you to wear a mask.

But he took a quick last week to deliver a video message to a Maryland synagogue and weigh in on the ongoing Jewish food debate made famous through a decades-long tradition at the University of Chicago: latkes or hamantaschen?

“While my wife and I enjoy both of these traditional foods, my vote is for latkes,” he says in a video posted to Twitter by journalist Yair Rosenberg, pronouncing it “lot-kus,” rhyming with hummus and couscous.

“With apple sauce or sour cream. Preferably sour cream,” Dr. Fauci said.

Dr. Fauci was taking part in the 13th edition of the latke-hamantaschen debate at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Fauci, who grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health, which also is in Bethesda.

The University of Chicago started the traditional debate back in 1946, inviting professors to take sides in a formal (but humorous) live debate, podiums included.


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