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?

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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