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Dr. Fauci prefers latkes to hamantaschen

Leading US infectious disease expert says he likes his dish with apple sauce or sour cream

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies during a House Subcommittee hearing on the Coronavirus crisis, July 31, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies during a House Subcommittee hearing on the Coronavirus crisis, July 31, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

JTA — Dr. Anthony Fauci still wants you to wear a mask.

But he took a quick break in his schedule to deliver a video message to a Maryland synagogue earlier this week and weigh in on the ongoing Jewish food debate made famous through a decades-long tradition at the University of Chicago: latkes or hamantaschen?

“While my wife and I enjoy both of these traditional foods, my vote is for latkes,” he says in a video posted to Twitter by journalist Yair Rosenberg, pronouncing it “lot-kuss.”

“With apple sauce or sour cream. Preferably sour cream,” Fauci said.

Fauci was reportedly taking part in the 13th edition of the latke-hamantaschen debate at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Maryland.

The University of Chicago started the traditional debate back in 1946, inviting professors to take sides in a formal (but humorous) live debate, podiums included.

This year’s Chicago debate took place virtually on Thursday.

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