Annual list of top Jews mines from election, kosher food news

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NEW YORK-Famous-and infamous-American Jews associated with the election season and the ongoing problems in the kosher meat industry dominated The Forward newspaper’s list of 50 influential Jews this year.

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    First, let me preface this by saying that it’s REALLY REALLY HARD to have an non-kosher cucumber. The only way that would be remotely possible is if there’s a pesticide or preservative on the outside of the cucumber that would be not kosher. Cucumbers that are grown naturally are already kosher, as are apples, tomatoes, bananas, grapes, etc etc. All fruits and vegetables are inherently kosher, but if treated chemically thereafter, the ingredients applied to the fruits or vegetable may render them not Kosher.

    To answer a common misconception, Kosher does NOT mean food gets blessed by a Rabbi. That has always been a totally incorrect assessment. To be kosher, a food must be first biblically approved (e.g. there’s a clause in the Torah for whether it’s allowable or not – for example, fish must have fins and scales, animals must chew their cud and have split hooves, you can’t eat milk and meat, etc.). The preparation process is also EVERYTHING. Baking a totally kosher pizza in the same oven that also bakes ham and pepperoni would negate its Kashrut (and make it non-kosher). So that explains the fact that the cucumber might have some sort of chemical that isn’t kosher.

    I remember hanging with some friends at a pita place and one mentioned that he needed a Vegan pita. This guy behind the counter said, “well, we treat the tomatoes with beetles, so it’s not really vegan.” That could be what happened with the cucumber. But a cucumber is typically kosher so I wonder what the deal is.