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— Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
Israel’s Chief Rabbi Announces Discovery of Pork-Flavored Goose Meat That Is Kosher Enough for Israel
Israel’s chief rabbi had an exciting culinary announcement to make, certain to widen the gastronomical options for those adhering to a kosher diet.
Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger last week announced that innovative Spanish farmers have discovered a unique goose species which tastes exactly like pork, and will soon be imported to Israel.
Israeli journalists could barely contain their excitement when reporting on the news:
Ynet said it’s “tantalizing the taste buds of every kashrut observer in Israel.”
A Jerusalem Post reporter wrote:
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 think again.
According to dietary laws detailed in Leviticus to which religious Jews adhere, certain meats are not permissible for eating. Mammals considered kosher have to both chew their cud (ruminate) and have cloven hooves. Swine is specifically mentioned in Leviticus 11:7 as “unclean” since it does not chew its cud. Rabbi Metzger says goose is kosher.
They [the Spanish farmers] decided to share the sensational discovery with the chosen people, and sent a halachic [Jewish legal] query to Chief Rabbi Metzger. The latter demanded a second opinion, and asked that the goose liver be sent to three non-Jewish professional chefs in Europe, who are very familiar with the taste of Pork. The three chefs confirmed the discovery of a “rare culinary duplicate”.
Rabbi Metzger struggled with the problem and finally gave his answer: The meat is completely kosher. His ruling was based on a citation from the Talmud, which states that for every prohibition God imposed on the people of Israel – he created a kosher substitute with the exact same taste.
The rabbi told the Israeli paper Yediot Ahronoth:
“It could serve as an original Jewish solution for consumers of non-kosher meat, who will be receiving a proper substitute. As for religious Jews, I believe they will be disgusted at first, but will eventually get used to it.”
According to a survey, about half of Jewish Israelis don’t keep kosher at all times, but even those who don’t keep kosher may have never tasted ham, bacon or sausage. Since the major Israeli supermarket chains carry only kosher meats, buying pork requires the added effort of finding a non-kosher deli or restaurant.