Jewish Dietary Laws
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“In Soviet Israel, kosher eats JEW!”
“Writing Torah is one thing, practising it is fundamentally tricky.”
“Thou shalt eat BACON”
Set of laws laid down by Moses in Biblical times, just because he felt like it. Or maybe it was Abraham Lincoln, I can never remember. I'm pretty sure it wasn't Solomon. And it certainly wasn't Ezekiel; that cat looooved his bacon.
Levels of Dietary Adherence
If you thought all Jews looked... er... cooked alike, well, you would be only half right. When it comes to ingesting large amounts of inappropriate food products, each division of the Jewdom has its own take on this tricky culinary subject.
- It's convenient
- They like the taste of the Kosher food
- They don't have a hair appointment that day
- They're not on vacation
- They're wearing blue
- If it's Tuesday, it must be Belgium
But Reform Jews, or those who practice, practice, practice but still can't get it right, feel that it's okay to munch on some sand now and again. And pork is okay if the pig is circumcised, because whatdya gonna do? Insult the host at a business function? When ya gotta schmooze, ya gotta schmooze. Gimme a friggin' break. See also: Hanukkah Ham
Breathe. One. Two. Three. Breathe deeply. One Two Three. Now eat just enough to satisfy your cravings. You're done. Shabbat shalom.
Oy! You're kidding, right? You don't believe in keeping Kosher, not even during Passover? G-d forbid someone should mention "the Almighty" as if it were a dirty word or a cult apparition. If "the man upstairs" didn't create you, who did then, Mr. Smarty Pants? Ohhh, so I guess it's okay to mention him if it involves food.
Gevalt, it's mamesh such a beautiful holy thing when we ex-hippies consume kosher marijuana with our Manischewitz wine. It's like the story of Reb Moishe the Dealer, [breaking into song] oy yoy yoy he was so holy...
Why Sephardim are superior to Ashkenasim
Sephardic butchers take pride in knowing how to draw the sciatic nerve from an animal's carcass and so, all Sephardim can enjoy eating rump steak. Most of the surviving Ashkenasim, on the other hand, arrived destitute in New York where they couldn't afford a proper butcher and were obliged to avoid the problem by eating only the front bit of the carcass, the arse-ends being the inspiration for McDonald's.
However, while this precept enabled Sephardim to indulge themselves with superior status for so long as they could, it was later to give Reform Ashkenasim the upper hand, when they discovered that they could enjoy eating rump steak enhanced with the joy of additional guilt.