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A New Biblical Interpretation Says Jews Can Eat Bacon After All

By On June 19, 2017

It might be time to rethink everything you thought you knew about Jews and bacon. As you know, the laws of kashrut dictate that pigs are inherently unkosher: “And the swine, though… Read More


The Raunchiest Orthodox Mom Doing Stand-Up

By On February 6, 2017

Stand-up comedian Talia Reese will definitely have a home-cooked meal and a fresh challah on her table next Friday night. But as soon as the sun sets on Saturday, she’ll be onstage performing… Read More


Are Evil Sea Monkeys Kosher?

By On January 4, 2017

Ann and Jeff VanderMeer tackle tough questions in their delightful, illustrated page-turner: Could Bigfoot be served, roasted, at a seder? What about a cloven-hoofed alien? The two debate whether the 34 gloriously illustrated creatures in their The… Read More


Yiddish, Pig Skin, and Other Surprises in Jell-O’s Troubled Jewish Past

By On August 8, 2016

Long a staple of the American Jewish desert table, Jell-O has a much more divisive and political origin story than you’d expect from a wobbly gelatinous mass. As told in Roger Horowitz’s… Read More

This Just In: Kosher Vegan Shrimp!

Vegan Shrimp Is The Next Kosher Food Craze

By On May 27, 2016

New Wave Foods is a California company that’s dedicated to sustainable seafood. They create substitutes that taste just like the real thing, without destroying the environment — hence the genesis of their… Read More


The Only Kosher Butcher in Cuba

By On January 13, 2015

For the kashrut-observant Cuban, there’s only one place to go for a piece of meat. Situated on Acosta Street in Old Havana is Cuba’s sole kosher butcher shop. For nearly 70 years,… Read More

Miguel Cotto

The Puerto Rican Boxer With the Kosher Tattoo

By On October 21, 2014

Pro boxers don’t usually wear their sponsorship on their sleeves – but Puerto Rican fighter Miguel Cotto wears his on his neck. Er, scratch that – the Orthodox Union hechsher tattooed on the light middleweight boxer’s trapezius… Read More

Seeking Independence From an Oyster-Filled Marriage?

Seeking Independence from an Oyster-Filled Marriage?

By On July 4, 2014

So was a Mr. Max Moss of Binghamton, NY when he sought an annulment from his wife on the grounds that she was not sufficiently Orthodox. His claim? She “tried to force him to… Read More


Having an Affair with your Synagogue

By On August 8, 2012

In the new novel The Invitation, by Anne Cherian, a successful computer engineer invites his three best friends to his son’s graduation from MIT. His friends accept, and then immediately regret it. Their jobs… Read More