Posts tagged "kosher"

Party for the Animals

Amy Levin: First it was cutting foreskin, now it’s cutting throats. Jewish and Muslim ritual practices are getting the shaft lately, as the lower house of the Dutch parliament passed a bill last Tuesday, June 22nd, that would ban shechita (kosher) and halal slaughter in the Netherlands. The bill requires that animals be...

Kosher Enough

By Peter Bebergal In April 2009, at the peak of the Swine Flu scare, Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman of Israel urged people to refer to the virus as the Mexican Flu, because, as we all know, pigs aren’t kosher. While both insulting and at its face absurd, Litzman’s request brings to the surface what...

You Are What You Inhale?

Elissa Lerner: Plenty of confusing news about dietary laws lately. First, there was the whole lox fiasco, claiming that the beloved Jewish bagel topping was not kosher due to parasites in salmon. Unfortunately, few news organizations noticed when that was debunked two days later. Bigger news though. Cigarettes may contain pig’s blood!Thanks to Dutch research, Muslims, Jews and even vegetarians now...