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Jan 22, 2019, 9:46 AM
Can Vegan Be the New Kosher?
Back in the 1980s', being vegan was not as common as it is today. I owned a health food store and juice bar in NYC at the time, and though we never incorporated those values into our lives during...
Jan 10, 2019, 11:35 PM
Chews to be choosy about being kosher
For those who see Jewish law as stuck in the ancient past, with nothing to say to us in the 21st century, here is something meaty to chew on. The next generation of faux meat is here, with yet...
Nathan Lopes Cardozo
Dec 27, 2018, 10:21 PM
Torah Reaches beyond the Boundaries of Strict Halacha
In last week's blog post, There's More to Judaism than Mitzvot, we published the first half of an interview with Rabbi Cardozo. At the end of his observations, Rabbi Cardozo discussed the codification and dogmatization of Jewish Law and...
Dec 23, 2018, 12:29 AM
We Need To Stand Strong On The Wall
A partial shutdown of the U.S. government went into effect at 12:01 a.m. this morning, because of a purely political fight over the border wall. In Judaism, our holiest place that we pray to three times a day is the...
Dec 17, 2018, 9:41 PM
Are ‘sinful’ Jews still Jews?
Can pornstars, strippers, Playboy models, even alcoholics etc. etc. etc. still be considered Jewish? I’ll admit, this isn’t something I’ve given serious thought to before. If you’d asked me, anyone who was born to a Jewish family is Jewish, period. Beyond...
Nov 26, 2018, 2:52 AM
Being “super duper” kosher
So maybe I grew up in different times. In those days, my parents who were orthodox, only had kosher food and Glatt Kosher meat--that was a given. I think their parents in Europe though didn't know anything from Glatt kosher--in...
Aug 30, 2018, 7:14 PM
KFC, linchpin of Israel-U.S. relations
In 1997, as a U.S. high schooler on his first trip to Israel, I made it a top priority to sample all the kosher versions of America's great fast-food eateries, from which I had begun to withdraw back home...
Aug 26, 2018, 11:19 PM
Second Thoughts on ‘Racism’ at Barkan or Badatz
Tucked in the footnotes of an article about remaining Kashrus questions about Barkan wines, Rabbi Yaakov Hoffman dropped a stunning revelation regarding the supposed problem of racism at the winery, and in the Eidah HaCharedis (Badatz) Kashrus organization. For those...
Aug 13, 2018, 10:16 PM
Religious revelations from the slaughterhouse
The OU's decertification of 'shackle and hoist'-slaughtered meat shows how Jewish ethical precepts can be elevated
Jul 25, 2018, 12:46 PM
Meet your meat!
If the kashrut organizations can ban one unethical way of killing cows, they can revamp the whole system