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Latke vs Hamentaschen: The Great Debate 2015


An annual MIT tradition since 2003 and an occasional tradition before that, each team of prominent scholars presents an argument in favor of their respective food. Following the debate, votes are cast, ballots are counted, and the champion is crowned. Don't miss this exciting debate between the fruit-filled cookie known as the hamentasch and the fried potato pancake otherwise known as the latke! Free latkes and hamentashen are served following the debate. If you'd like to do your own research to prepare for the debate, please visit Wikipedia for more latke or hamentash information.

The 2015 debate teams

Moderator: Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder

Team Latke:
Hazel Sive (Course 7)
Bob Weinberg (Course 7)

Team Hamentaschen:
Stu Schmill (Admissions)
Dana Moshkovitz (Course 6)

Watch a video of the 2015 debate on

Reference this (correct) slide at 40:46 of the video.

The debate was held Wednesday February 11, 2015 at 7:45pm in Building 10-250.


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