If you have been waiting to learn the craft of baking pretzels at home until the procedure was explained in a Yiddish-language cooking video, well, wait no more.
Sender Glasser, a seventh-grader in Scotch Plains, working with the Forverts’ video production team, has produced such a video, and he’s confidently and eloquently narrated it.
Sender, who speaks Yiddish, Polish, and English fluently, is the son of Yiddish linguist and Forverts contributor Hershl Glasser and Polish-born Yiddishist Gosha Zaremba.
He provides a brief background to the history of pretzels, before he begins mixing yeast and water and proceeds to knead dough, roll it into long “schlongs,” Yiddish for snakes, and then folds the snakes into pretzel shapes, salts them, bakes them, and with the speed possible only thanks to the miracle of video editing, takes them out from the oven, warm and toasty.
You can find the video on the @derforverts Instagram feed, or you can go to the forward.com, search for “Sender Glasser,” and then scroll down to the bottom of the story. (Because why should it be too easy?)