From Goldblog Deputy Managing Editor for Smoked Fish Affairs Tali Yahalom: As the New Yorker learned at last month's annual Herring Festival, even prominent neurologists can appreciate the timeless kiddush snack:

"There are certain passions--one wants to call them innocent, ingenuous passions--that are great democratizers. Baseball, music, and bird-watching come immediately to mind. At the herring festival, there was no talk about the stock market, or gossiping about celebrities. People had come to eat herring--to savor them, to compare them. In its purest form, this meant seizing the new herring by the tail and lowering them gently into the mouth. The sensation this produces is voluptuous, especially as they slip down the throat."

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