Despite its apparent lack of deep history—as there are no obvious references in any classic sources speaking of chicken soup on the Friday night Shabbat dinner menu—this basic staple in every (Ashkenazic) Jewish home is so widespread that it must have been bubbling on the fire since antiquity! Here we provide a tripod of solid Talmudic footings that seems to be the likely source for this piping hot Shabbat delicacy. Late in the modern period, we do discover copious and truly fascinating rhyme and reason for both the broth and the accompanying “lokshin” noodles!

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