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Kosher in America

Can Kosher Food be Unethical?

The laws of kosher are part of Judaism’s code of ethics. But what happens when kosher food is made unethically?
Dr. David Zvi Kalman is a research fellow in the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Kogod Research Center. He is a scholar, writer, and entrepreneur working at the intersection of technology, religion, and art. In addition to his work at the Shalom Hartman Institute, he has held research and consulting roles at Sinai and Synapses and the Sapir Institute. He is the owner of Print-O-Craft Press, an independent publishing house that has released books including Jessica Deutsch’s

Kosher law is part of Jewish law, which is supposed to be a guide to life. But what happens when kosher food is made unethically? Is unethicallyproduced kosher food a paradox? Are kosher standards ritual or ethical? How do North American Jews relate to kosher laws and why? And what does this mean for how we understand Jewish law more generally? 

There are lots of ways to learn about American and Canadian Jews, but perhaps none better than their food. From kosher certification to kosher-style delis, Kosher in America sheds light on how American Jewish ideas and identity get codified in the food that Jews eat. 

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