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  •  Hilarious! (1+ / 0-)
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    Long tradition of Jews laughing at what they can't change. And again, from what I can tell his Yiddish is perfect. He'd have made a good cantor at any Hasidic synagogue!

    Somehow this song reminds me of my wife's great-grandfather (I think it was) on her Jewish side. He must have been a rabbi of some fame because he actually went to the Tsar's coronation. Later though he got fed up with the Tsar's anti-Semitism and left Russia. Can't trace him though since he changed his name to Rothenberg after the name of the family in I think it was Switzerland who took him in before he left for America.

    I think it was the next generation, my wife's Jewish grandfather, where he joined the army and loved bacon so much he could never go back to being kosher. It was something of a turning point for the family since they never stayed kosher again. My wife particularly loves pork. Though she had an aunt who became orthodox late in life. She even has a library at the National Jewish Outreach Program named after her.

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    by mole333 on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 06:32:40 PM PDT

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    •  About pig meat. (1+ / 0-)
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      I was born in the Bronx in 1950 but unlike almost all other American-born Jews of my age, I'm first generation American. I was raised by and grew up in a local and extended international community of democratic socialist, secular and passionately Jewish Yiddishists.

      As early as I can remember, there was always some sliced ham in the fridge from the Irish deli on 231st St. and Broadway. In my family, that didn't make you any less Jewish...

      "So, am I right or what?"

      by itzik shpitzik on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 06:42:11 PM PDT

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      •  Mostly agree... (1+ / 0-)
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        I love pork. It is a wonderful meat from a cook's point of view.

        But I have to admit that in recent years I developed some guilt about eating it...not that it stops me! When I learned that the first ever archaeological evidence for a group in the hill country of Israel/Palestine that was different from the average Canaanit was the sudden disappearance of pork from the diet (they were still idol-worshipping polytheist Canaanites in every other way!), it made me feel a tad wrong that I wasn't following the very first unique aspect of "my people." Again...not that it stops me from loving a good pulled pork sandwich. And bacon just plain rocks the universe!

        It took me awhile to trace where the pork ban probably originated. Everyone else in the region ate pork and kept eating pork...but it Egypt it was considered unclean. So I suspect that local group of poor Canaanites started taking some cultural points from Egypt and gave up pork. Why is pure speculation, but it makes sense.

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        by mole333 on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 07:02:48 PM PDT

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    •  Nothing that I can add, so I'll just (2+ / 0-)
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      leave my signature.

      'You haven't lived until you've tried Kosher watermelon.' - Sammy Davis Jr.

      by brae70 on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 08:05:30 AM PDT

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