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Celebrate Passover With the Forbidden Designer Challah Bag of Temptation

It may be the “breadless” holiday, but you can still gaze at these faux-designer carb-themed bags.

Ain’t No Challah Back (pack) Girl – Prada, 2015
13″ × 7″ / oil paint, urethane, and hardware

Just in time for the holy holiday of forbidden carbs, why not get together with a loved one and covet a highly-attractive, highly-verboten challah bag? Canadian-American painter and sculptor Chloe Wise, known for her inventive takes on the themes of consumerism and mass production, recently created a series of “bread bags”—cheeky homages to disposable luxury and conspicuous consumption in modern society. Wise has cleverly created this faux-line of purses, totes, and backpacks to mimic actual wares by some of fashion’s biggest names, including Prada, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. In Wise’s world, a dangling lox bagel becomes a coin purse, a PBJ sandwich is a pricey patchwork tote, and an English muffin transforms into a tasty handbag. Created from ordinary breads, the artist casts the forms in urethane before employing a hyperrealist, trompe l’oeil effect—painting the exteriors to create the illusion of fresh baked pastry. Below, check out some of our favorites from her 2015 Bread Bags collection.

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500 Years Later, Portugal Offers Citizenship to Descendants of Expelled Jews

Portugal welcomes back the Sephardic Jews it drove out in 1492 as part of the Inquisition.

King Manuel I, responsible for expelling tens of thousands of Jews from Portugal. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

In 1492 King Manuel of Portugal, in an effort to forge stronger ties with Spain, drove out tens of thousands of Sephardic Jews, many of whom had settled there after being expelled from Spain during the Inquisition. Now, more than 500 years later, Portugal will grant citizenship to their ancestors. The Portuguese parliament is finally implementing a law it endorsed back in 2013 to give dual citizenship to anyone who can prove descendence from the Sephardic Jewish victims of the Portuguese inquisition.

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Happy Hanukkah. How Will the White House Respond?

How many people will get invited to the White House Hanukkah party this year. Does it matter?

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