In the book of Doctor of Philology L.F. Katsis (Center for Biblical and Judaic Studies of the Russian State University for the Humanities) analyzes the historical, ecclesiastical and political aspects of the famous case on charges of Mendel Beilis of committing the ritual murder of Andrei Yushchinsky. The most prominent Russian lawyers, doctors, theologians, orientalists took part in the case, the role of Archbishop Anthony (Khrapovitsky) in organizing the ritual examination at the trial in Kiev is revealed. The book examines the positions of the largest Russian philosophers and writers - Fr. Pavel Florensky, V.V. Rozanov, D. Merezhkovsky, Z. Gippius and so on. For the first time, specific aspects of the blood libel in Orthodox Eastern Europe are analyzed. The study is conducted against a broad cultural background, which includes various works from monarchical (L. Tikhomirov, M. Menshikov) to liberal (V. Korolenko), from openly anti-Semitic to Zionist (V. Zhabotinsky). The influence of theological disputes during the Beilis case on the Russian avant-garde is shown.
Having realized that, with the exception of cholent and flodni (a Jewish multilayered poppy-seed pastry), she knew nothing about Transylvanian Jewish cuisine, Kinga Julia Kiraly set out on a three-year project to fulfill her own cravings for authentic flavors - but, more profoundly, to learn about prewar recipes and customs and to find out what remained of kosher households in Northern Transylvania. She conducted some three hundred hours of participant-observer interviews, sometimes spiced with cooking sessions, with ten survivors who had experienced the Holocaust as teenagers or children. At the heart of Kinga Julia Kiraly's work are the simplest things, the minutiae of everyday life. Tiny details, which, in the recording, are transformed into something of huge significance. She created handholds of remembrance for the last surviving members of a minority.