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WATCH: “My vote is for Latkoos,’ Anthony Fauci weighs in on latke-hamantashen debate at a Maryland synagogue.

Anthony Fauci would like the Jews to know he prefers “latkoos” to “hanoontashen,” but when eating the former, he appreciates both applesauce and sour cream.

America’s best-known infectious disease doctor was the surprise guest at the13th annual Latke vs Hamantaschen Debate at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Maryland, held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fauci gave his support to both foods — the latke, a mainstay of Hanukkah, the hamantaschen, a Purim treat — but still managed to get roundly roasted on Jewish Twitter for his pronunciation.

Fauci specified that on the question of toppings, prefers sour cream, before wishing the congregation a happy Hanukkah and reminding them to continue to wear masks.

The latke-hamantashen debate format was first established at the University of Chicago. The school has hosted an annual scholarly dispute between notable Jewish academics on the merits of the two holiday delicacies since 1946. Participants are encouraged to bring their academic work to bear on the subject, and past debaters have included Nobel Prize winners such as Milton Friedman, George Stigler and Leon M. Lederman. The tradition has since spread to other institutions.


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