Saturday, September 08, 2007

Keeping Kosher in a non-Kosher World

In this thread, we will discuss issues surrounding keeping kosher in environments not entirely under one's control as well as the issues surrounding having people with different standards of kashrut eat with one another, either in their respective homes or in a neutral space.  We will also grapple with issues of Jewish/Gentile interaction over food and how food in general serves as a medium for securing a distinctive religious and social identity.

15 comments:

AS said...

I have always felt that the tendency towards extreme stringency among certain groups has had the effect of making Kashrut non-observable in its deepest sense. If there is not a simple bar to follow, then Kashrut is another example of the tyranny of the minority in Jewish practice. After all, installing filters to keep out microscopic animals implies that Chazal could not have kept kashrut at all!

That said, the real problem from my perspective is the idea that keeping the mitzvot have some kind of physical effect upon the world rather than just character development or being part of the community. If one believes that their actions have a physical effect at a distance it is hard to part with even the greatest stringency. If however, one takes the Maimonidean view and ascribes mitzvot like Kashrut to a type of character development then it is possible to deal with Kashrut in a non-kosher world.
- Posted by David S at December 10, 2007 at 9:20am

AS said...

An interesting shiur from Machon Meir:

Eating in non-kosher restaurants (1):
http://www.machonmeir.org.il/english/archive_id.asp?language=English&id=381

Eating in non-kosher restaurants (2):
http://www.machonmeir.org.il/english/archive_id.asp?language=English&id=380
- Posted by MS at January 4, 2008 at 10:25am

AS said...

An interesting perspective comes from Rabbi Barry Leff, who has since made Aliyah from Toledo to Jerusalem
http://www.tek-law.com/neshamah/dairyteshuva%20v3.htm
- Posted by Joshua Heller at February 21, 2008 at 12:20am

AS said...

An interesting tshuvah from a Conservative rabbi;

http://www.tek-law.com/neshamah/dairyteshuva%20v3.htm
- Posted by Pierre at January 30, 2010 at 9:09pm

AS said...

shows how much I pay attention, a year ago J Heller posted it..
- Posted by feh.. at January 30, 2010 at 9:12pm

AS said...

For David S.:

The water filters being used are not for microscopic animals but for ones that are easily visible with the naked eye. Maybe they're not so extreme after all?
- Posted by Len M. at February 15, 2010 at 5:45pm

farmping said...

I agree with you

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