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Many people eat Cholpshkes or stuffed cabbage on Simchas Torah. Is there a source for this Minhag, and are there other names for this dish in the other languages of Jewish communities?

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Rabbi Orlofsky addresses this question too – SimchasTorah Sep 28 '10 at 23:54
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I'd always heard that the cabbage is rolled up, just like a Torah scroll.

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Intresting thought – Gershon Gold Sep 29 '10 at 0:08

It says in the book Rite and Reason that the minhag to eat stuffed cabbage is really on Hoshana Rabbah. And the reason is that in German (or another language?) cabbage is called something like cole (as in cole slaw) and it is cooked in water. And on Hoshana Rabbah we say "Kol Mevaser". Kol is like cabbage (cole) and Mevaser in Yiddish can mean from water (vaser). So we eat stuffed cabbage for Kol Mevaser!

(I heard this from someone who read it in Rite and Reason. It is not exactly the way it says it!)

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Stuffed cabbage is alternatively referred to as holishkes, galooptchy, prakkes in Yiddish. Source: The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Roden, page 166

Wikipedia contains an extensive listing of stuffed cabbage variations across cultures: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabbage_roll

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I thought the term was holopches.

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Once my sister made a bunch and had to store them in several places. She labeled each one differently, all reading the same (phonetically) – JNF Oct 9 '12 at 15:36

I've heard from my parents (no further source, sorry) it's customary to eat stuffed stuff on Simchas Tora, hence stuffed cabbage. (My mom some years made stuffed duck.)

Re name for stuffed cabbage in other Jewish-used languages, yebra is stuffed grapeleaves in (transliterated, of course) Syrian Arabic as spoken by Jews.

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