The Jew And The Carrot

Frozen Friday: Religion, Politics and Ice Cream, Oh My!

By Dan Friedman

Courtesy of Screme

In 1984 President Ronald Reagan declared July National Ice Cream Month. In honor of the month, we’ll be celebrating this delicious food each week with Frozen Fridays, a series about Jews and ice cream.

People are fascinated with the idea of the afterlife and whether Jews believe in Heaven and Hell. Now, I’m no professional theologian, but I think that if I died and was greeted by a smiling minyan of Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Mr. Häagen and Mrs. Dasz, Joseph Edy and Moshe-Lev Dreyer, Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins, Sharon Breyer and Malky “Dairy” Queen bearing free samples that, for me, would be heaven.

Perhaps to partly compensate for classifying ketchup as a vegetable, Ronald Reagan’s gift to gastronomes was to proclaim the third Sunday in July National Ice Cream Day. As homage to Proclamation 5219 we convened a Forward think tank to test the tastes presented by two post-Reagan kosher ice cream outfits.

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