A gaggle of geese 311.
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If the dream of tasting pork – that most forbidden of forbidden foods – has
always been yours, then dream no longer. And if you thought the idea of a
rabbinically approved slice of swine was less likely than a flying pig, then
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Because kosher “pork” is coming to a butcher near you – that
is to say, organic goose meat reared in Spain, which according to three
non-Jewish chefs, tastes exactly like pork.
This culinary and religious
revolution was announced by Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger this week at a
conference on hospital food at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, where he
said that he would be approving the import of the geese.
that although eating pork is forbidden according to Jewish law, there is no
prohibition against eating goose, regardless of how it tastes – so it is now
okay to completely pig out.
He cited a passage from the Babylonian Talmud
tractate of Hulin, which states that for every item the Torah forbids, God
created a pure alternative with the same taste.
Metzger’s spokesman Avi
Blumenthal stated that imports could begin as soon as the geese reached
slaughtering weight, and that the chief rabbi was keen to ensure that the meat
received approval from kashrut authorities.