10 The Jewish Reconstructructionist Federation has been active in this area, for example: “JRF Conference Call, “Greening Synagogues and Living a Sustainable Life Rooted in Jewish Values” (June 6, 2007). the sharing of food as a way of healing inter-relationships with Muslims? Around the same time, a Jewish environmental movement, while not specifically focused on is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul. If Musayid Amla and Sasi Haba can co-create a kosher-halal restaurant, with some modifications, this experiment can be replicated elsewhere. While particularities and uniqueness is not ignored or under-valued, deep ecumenism seeks to highlight the spirituality that human beings of different religions and cultures can share; in Reb Zalman’s language, the shared God-field. The possibility exists for continued collaboration in this area. 2009. Kashrut is stricter, requiring mammals both Laws of kashrut are originally found in Torah, and elaborated upon and clarified in Rabbinic, medieval and later halakha. Deep ecumenism recognizes that as human beings, souls in evolution, we are all part of a shared planet, a living organism. Consequently, while Kosher meat and Kosher cooking satisfy the requirements of Halal, the reverse is not the case. The term that appears (Qur’an 5:1), These shall you eat of all that are in the waters; whatever has fins and scales in the In very broad terms, laws of kashrut focus on clean and unclean animals, fish and fowl (Deut. The document the Commission produced in early 2008, Hekhsher Tzedek Al Pi Din, is a No it’s not a joke – it’s a true story! Hinei ma tov, u mah nayim, shevet achim gam yachad. These negotiations can take the form of what was done in Virginia, colobbying government authorities for consumer protection. creation of a new ethic regarding kashrut. By way of conclusion, I propose the creation dual Halal-Kosher certification in restaurants and on food products. Avoda Zara 35b explains that the purpose of this halakha is designed to limit social interaction with Christians, intentionally reducing the risk of intermarriage. He calls this book the “harvest of my whole life-experience – and like a harvest, intended not only to draw on the past but to feed the future.”, The Shalom Center / web: theshalomcenter.org / email: office@theshalomcenter.org 5 Arthur Waskow, Down-to-Earth Judaism (New York: William and Morrow, 1995), p. 117. And the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying to them, Speak to the people of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which you shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. served matzas and the everyday practice is to play Arab music.40, Reading the story of this restaurant, in a beloved neighborhood in my hometown of Montreal, I This includes human behavior, speech And who were the mourners? Speaker, Thinker, Writer, Pluralist, Socialist, Interfaith Speaker, Muslim Speaker. Halal Certified Olive Oil”. The meat is slaughtered especially for them so that it will be defined both But it was what transpired after the release of PETA’s undercover video footage of Aaron Rubashkin’s Iowa kosher slaughterhouse practices that catapulted Reb Zalman’s eco-kashrut vision into the forefront of Jewish community life.14, In May 2006 an article in The Forward by Nathaniel Popper15 exposing abuses at Agriprocessors, Inc. meat-processing plant, brought into public view an awareness of unethical, illegal and questionably halakhic practices at the country’s largest kosher slaughterhouse. i) Rabbinic study and approval by national organizations; ii) to the beginnings of wider communal education; iii) development of an organizational process for evaluation of ethical kashrut standards; iv) and ultimately, towards marketing and transformation of business practices. As a adjective kosher is (of food) prepared in … Kashrut is a related term of kosher. age (Gen. 25:8), Torah describes how “his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the 34-48. Kosher and Halal describe what is “fit and proper” to eat for two groups of people, Jews and Muslims. One further aspect of halal laws focuses on prohibition of alcohol and other intoxicants. In the next chapter of the Torah, we come across a passage describing the culinary However, Dr. Quadri reported that he is also working with American companies for marketing of halal products in the United States, and Canada. Jacob’s stew was a healing meal Through the lobbying efforts of Chabad Lubavitch of Northern Virginia, in PROHIBITION – BIRDS OF PREY OR SCAVENGERS: Of all clean birds you shall eat. consumer group. We need a new ethic for living in a global society to help us think about kashrut and the sharing of food in an inter-religious context. Insects are categorically forbidden (with the exception of locusts, which are kosher only according to Yemenite interpretations of kas… Paper submitted in fulfillment of college campuses, restaurants which have a creative way of navigating through the complexities of Muslim and Jewish food laws, in search of a higher ethic of collaboration and sharing. 26 Lance Sussman, “The Myth of the Trefa Banquet: American Culinary Culture and the Radicalization of Food Through the lobbying efforts of Chabad Lubavitch of Northern Virginia, in collaboration with the Muslim community, legislation was created to guarantee “that any food offered as sale for kosher or halal be labeled with the name of the person or organization certifying the item kosher or halal.”43. Most of the halal rules were laid down in the Quran. Clearly, the religious face of (North) America is rapidly changing. Halal vs. Kosher Are halal and kosher the same thing? Food that conforms to the Kashrut, the Jewish Dietary law is said to be kosher and fine for consumption. According to Midrash Tanhuma (Buber, Toldot 3), following the death of Abraham drink. holy people to the Lord your God. I think an ethic of vegetarianism and care for the earth, as well as am embrace of a deep ecumenism is the model to underlie creation of joint Halal-Kosher certification HK. Kosher, halal and traditional meat all come from the same types of farms, with the same pesticides and waste, and the same harmful effects on the planet. Halal vs. Kosher Are halal and kosher the same thing? collaboration with the Muslim community, legislation was created to guarantee “that any food Eat of the good things wherewith we have provided you, and Thus some animals such as the camel and rabbits are halal, but not kosher. 11:1-4), O ye who believe! Herbivorous animals that have been slayed or hunted for fun 6. Pam Geller the moran has a piece up on her blog, denouncing halal slaughter. According to Midrash Tanhuma (Buber, Toldot 3), following the death of Abraham Jacob was preparing food for mourners. Dr. Khalid Blankinship, a Muslim colleague of mine in the Religion Department of Temple University, informed me that he patronizes and comfortably eats food from the same Glatt Kosher deli at a local Acme where I myself shop on occasion.35, However, though kosher meat can often satistfy halal standards, it is not the case in reverse. What ever parts the hoof, and is cloven footed, and chews the cud, among the beasts, that shall you eat. See also Phylis Klasky, “Is Kosher Slaughtering Inhumane?” Moment, (February 1991) 40-54; 54-55. This unleashed in the American Jewish community a tumultuous process of studious re-evaluation of the deeper meaning and implications of kashrut. This is a very dynamic situation and no doubt there will be progressive changes in the coming years. 2005) 52-55. Additionally, kashrut law prohibits eating the sciatica nerve of animals, hence the hindquarters of otherwise kosher livestock are not eaten. FROM RENEWAL TO MAINSTREAM – ECO-KASHRUT AND THE EMERGENCE OF THE MAGEN TZEDEK, In the late 1970’s Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi first coined the term “eco-kosher”, defining 13 http://jcarrot.org/ HALAL AND KASHRUT – DUAL CERTIFICATION? Perhaps in a very extreme case of life or death and, that, under the orders of a doctor. Kashrut prohibits preparation and eating meat and dairy products together. Kosher and halal lifestyles often get lumped together. Kashrut law (Lev. In a sense of our survival depends upon it.28. 14 An early article written was Aaron Gross, “When Kosher Isn’t Kosher” Tikkun, No. Kerry Orlitsky’s Jewish Outreach Institute: http://joi.org/qa/index.shtml; and Kerry M. Olitzky and Joan I offer this as “an imagistic collage” of opportunities and possibilities for Jewish-Muslim sharing of food, and inter-religious healing. 2007) p. 14. In the realm of industry and food marketing, there can be developments in advocating for 200 people attended. between Muslims and Jews have become increasingly complex and volatile, charged with emotional reactivity and bias. While exact numbers are difficult to ascertain2, today there are approximately 5 to 8 million Muslims in America. 21 But is this necessary or even relevant today, especially in America where, given the inter-marriage rate of over 50%,25 the emerging Jewish community is already multi-ethnic, and diversely religious? between laws of kashrut and laws of halal. Halal, in particular, has been . For example, in New Zealand, a company called The Village Press is marketing “kosher and I don’t know if this will ever happen, and yet the hope that perhaps Jews and Muslims can make peace in the Holy Land, and throughout the world has motivated me totake on this research topic. And, in fact, it is being replicated elsewhere. integration of the Muslim population in American society, a trend may well be in the making. It does also demonstrate the differences. Chaudry, and C.E. And, we might assume that as mourners sharing of sacred food they were Given the legacy of persecution, it made sense that dietary laws were used to limit social interaction between Jews and non-Jews. 25 There is pioneering work being done in the contemporary Jewish community, not to encourage intermarriage, 10 The Jewish Reconstructructionist Federation has been active in this area, for example: 17:10-14), Forbidden to you (for food) ……..blood (Qur’an 5:3). 43 Michael J. Friedman, “Muslim, Jewish Communities Secure Halal-Kosher Labeling Law” America.gov, (18 and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of It is obviously happening. four-footed animals, with the exceptions named: But animals of the chase are 14:21); as well as dealing with preparation of food, including plant products; in addition there is a set of special kosher laws for Passover. Both Judaism and Islam promulgate an extensive legalistic-based approach to food preparation. This will required collaborative work between organizations in the Jewish community and in the Muslim community. (Lev. Regenstein, “Kosher and halal in the biotechnology era” Applied Biotechnology, Food and Science Policy, I, 2 (2003) 95-107. Ultimately, I advocate for the creation of some form of local and national dual Halal-Kosher certification. 8:5) meaning “proper”. 7 Among the conferences: Food, The Earth and Jewish Ethics Conference at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Sponsored by Am Kolel in co-operation with Shomrei Adamah DC, Jewish Vegetarians of North America, the Shalom Center and the Washington Jewish Week. They often buy Kosher meat as they acknowledged that Islamic meat laws were less strict than Kosher meat laws, and therefore any Kosher meat was automatically Halal as well. “Why should the Sages have thought fit to prohibit it? Kashrut law does not require a prayer for each individual animal slaughtered. W0QQitemZ170326320843QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxZ20090429?IMSfp=TL090429123001r1764. - Halal requires cloven hooves but not chewing cud. Foods”. on the earth. ethical certification seal that will be introduced to the kosher food industry in the coming months”.22, Now, eco-kashrut is about to enter the In spite of the similarities, we have not yet demonstrated that traditional Jews and traditional Nutrition Council, whose logo is a Crescent M – . 38 David Friedenreich, Email communication through the H-JUDAIC Digest (#2009-79), May 6, 2009. With tedious detail-oriented research and planning, the dairy and meat kitchen was set up, to provide for the dietary needs of observant Jews and Muslims. Deep ecumenism is the opposite of tribal xenophobia and religious fundamentalism. where meat and poultry are concerned, though it can be used for the more general meaning, as 14:21). But I guess not. from other peoples and religions. However, in addition to concerns with quality of food, labor relations, animal rights, environmental impact and integrity in business, there are other pressing questions of our age, other ethical issues that have not been addressed by the Hekhsher Tzedek Commission. United States. By exploring both the similarities by Simcha Raphael, Ph.D. “For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. Muslims can, in reality, share their sanctified foods with one another. differences between kashrut and halal, at least with regard to the eating of animal products. As it turns out, the meal Jacob had cooked was not just an ordinary lentil stew. But is this necessary or even relevant today, especially in America where, given the inter-marriage rate of over 50%, the emerging Jewish community is already multi-ethnic, and diversely religious?”, “Deep ecumenism is the opposite of tribal xenophobia and religious fundamentalism. Friedenreich, Foreign Food, Doctoral Dissertation, Columbia University, 2006. In non-Arabic-speaking countries, the term is most commonly used in the narrower context of just Muslim dietary laws, especially where meat and poultry are concerned, though it can be used for the more general meaning, as well. Rabbi Arthur Waskow’s newest book Dancing in God’s Earthquake: The Coming Transformation of Religion is now available! However, it clearly highlights the gap that has to be Through interpretation and To go down a well is to practice a tradition but we would make a grave mistake (an idolatrous one) if we confused the well itself with the flowing waters of the underground river. 12:21-25); separation of meat and milk (Ex. Nevertheless these shall you not eat of those Widest Halal and Haram Articles Listing in USA and Worldwide. (Qur’an 5:96). - Dhabiĥa halal contains no restriction regarding hindquarters. between two alienated brothers. 32 J.M. Kashrut allows alcohol, as long as it has no non-kosher ingredients. I recognize there are all kinds of religious, political and organizational hurdles to cross to get to this place. 200 people attended. Halal does not have any such restrictions. 31, In very broad terms, halal laws focus on forbidden and acceptable animals; methods of slaughter and blessing of animals; and the process of removal of blood. On October 16, 2006 Governor Tim Kaine, of Virginia, in the presence of Jewish and Muslims religious leaders, signed into law the first joint kosher-halal labeling law in the United States. creative ways to build bridges and not walls between each other in the realm of sharing of food. 55- 60. Many wells but one river. (Lev. 46 Telephone conversation with Dr. Farhat Quadri, Director of Community Service, Islamic Food and Nutrition Eat of that which is Lawful and Wholesome in the earth…” (Qur’an 2:168); “Eat of the good things. However, of those that chew the cud or that have a split hoof completely divided you may not eat the camel, the rabbit or the coney. 9 See Ellen Bernstein and Dan Fink, Let the Earth Teach You Torah (Philadelphia: Shomrei Adamah, 1992). By way of conclusion, I propose the creation dual Halal-Kosher certification in restaurants and on food products. envision that the Children of Abraham, Ibrahim, can find ways to sit at the same table, After breathing his last at a good old In April 2009 an organization entitled “Magen Tzedek” was formed, described as “the new I would hope to see the day when there can be a joint Halal-Kosher certification, HK. It has its stated purpose to do outreach to JACOB’S STEW – A VISION OF SHARING OF FOOD BETWEEN MUSLIMS AND JEWS, The Book of Genesis speaks of the death of the Patriarch Abraham, whom Muslims refer to as Ibrahim, father of Isaac and Ishmael. 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