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					10 July 29, 2010 N JJN MetroWest

                                      Food for thought at feast of birds, bugs
 Eyes…                                Former Elizabeth man                                                                 supported my practical
                                                                                                                           research of Jewish law.
                                                                                                                                                         brought from southeastern
                                                                                                                                                         Turkey, had apparently not been
 by Mark Ross                         serves up exotic menu                                                                Unlike      many,    he
                                                                                                                           understood the practi-
                                                                                                                                                         eaten in the Holy Land since the
                                                                                                                                                         Babylonian exile began some
Did you know that Costa               to celebrate ‘tradition’                                                             cal, philosophical, and
                                                                                                                           the theoretical.”
                                                                                                                                                         2,600 years ago.
                                                                                                                                                            Participants also raved about
Rica has elected a Jewish
vice        president?         Luis                                                                                           Teitz’s son and suc-       the “Shiluach Haken soup,” featur-
                                                GIL HOFFMAN                                                                                              ing an egg extracted from a
Liberman                                   NJJN Israel Correspondent
Ginsburg,                                                                                                                                                slaughtered hen (such eggs are
a 63-year-                                                                                                                                               considered fleishig, or meat, for the
                                                                                                                           A pheasant, unlucky enough    purposes of kashrut). It was served
old former                            JERUSALEM — Some kids grow
                                                                                                                           to be considered kosher, is
b a n k e r                           up wanting to save the whales.                                                                                     inside a noodle nest in sparrow,
                                                                                                                           displayed for guests at the
won elec-                             Others grow up wanting to eat                                                                                      dove, and pigeon broth. The dish
                                                                                                                           “mesora” feast.
tion with                             them.                                                                                                              commemorated the command-
President                                Jerusalem        dentist     Ari                                                                                ment of shooing away the mother
L a u r a                             Greenspan, who was raised in Eliz-                                                                                 bird before taking her chicks or
Chinchilla.                           abeth, has “saved” several animals                                                                cessor as leader of their
V i c e                               for kosher carnivores by research-                                                                Orthodox community  The swordfish remains a matter
P r e s i d e n t Mark Samuel Ross    ing and preserving the traditions                                                                 in Elizabeth, Rabbi
                                                                                                                                                         of some controversy. According to
Liberman is                           which determine, say, whether                                                                     Elazar Mayer Teitz,
                                                                                                                                                         Zivotofsky, who has written exten-
the son of Polish immigrants          swordfish is kosher or which kind                                                                 came to last week’s
                                                                                                                                                         sively on the subject, the rabbinate
who settled in Costa Rica             of pheasant is permissible.                                                                       meal to learn about the
                                                                                                                                                         of certain Israeli cities accepts
before the Holocaust. He                 Greenspan hosted an 18-course                                                                  traditions of the ani-
                                                                                                                                                         swordfish as kosher — although
says that he has visited              dinner July 22 at the Eucalyptus                                                                  mals.            many people at the feast did not
Israel and his relatives there        Restaurant opposite Jerusalem’s                                                                            “I came to
                                                                                                                                                         eat it.
                                      Old City walls.                                                                                         watch, not to eat,”
                                                                                                                                                            None of the “mesora” meals has
and that he expects Costa
                                         The kosher menu included a                                                                           Teitz said. “The
                                                                                                                                                         featured a giraffe, which is ostensi-
Rica to maintain excellent
                                      pheasant and guinea fowl pastry as                                                                      food for thought
                                                                                                                                                         bly kosher but has given rise to a
relations with the Jewish                                                                                                                     was at least as
state while following a for-
                                      an appetizer, water buffalo, sword-                                                                                number of myths, including one
                                      fish, and red deer as main courses,                                                                     good as the food
                                                                                                                                                         that kosher slaughterers aren’t sure
eign policy centered on                                                                                                                       for eating. I didn’t
Latin America. Costa Rica
                                      and fried locusts for dessert.             food age, the old rabbis                                                where to cut its long neck.
                                         While the 250 participants were         and ritual slaughterers who                                  eat the locusts, not
                                                                                                                                                            Greenspan and Zivotofsky, who
has a Jewish population of                                                                                                                    because I ques-
                                      dining, experts lectured about the         remembered those local                                                  dissected giraffes that died at
an estimated 3,000 people                                                                                                                     tioned whether
                                      kosher attributes of each animal,          birds and insects (the                                                  Israel’s Safari Park, said they knew
— which, of course, is                                                                                                                        they were kosher
                                      often while standing next to a live        Torah lists four varieties of                                           exactly where to cut their necks
enough Jews for your shul,                                                                                                                    but because they
                                      example.                                   locusts that are permissi-                                              but there were other reasons why
my shul, and the one we                                                                                                                       didn’t      exactly
                                         The goal of the meal was to             ble) were dying. So they                                                they had never slaughtered a
don’t talk about.                     pass along the mesora, or chain of                                                                      rouse            my
                                                                                 began interviewing these                                                giraffe. They have tried to pur-
On the other hand, it was             tradition — in this case describ-                                                                       appetite.” Teitz
                                                                                 holders of tradition, Kosher                  maven    Ari              chase giraffes in African countries
recently reported that                ing which animals, birds, fish, and        amassing an oral, video, Greenspan was raised in said he would be       where it is neither an endangered
Estonian-born Harry Mannil            locusts are kosher and which are                                                                        happy to host
                                                                                 and photographic record. Elizabeth.                                     nor protected species, but without
died recently in Costa Rica.          not. The meal was the result of 28                                                                      such a meal in
                                                                                      “It’s not about an orgy                                            success.
Mannil was on the wanted              years of hard work by Greenspan                                                                         Elizabeth.
                                                                                 of slaughtering and meat,”                                                 Which is probably a good
list of the Simon Wiesenthal          and his friend Ari Zivotofsky, who                                                         Thursday’s meal was only the
                                                                                 Greenspan told NJ Jewish News.                                          thing, for man and beast: Giraffes
Center, which had accused             started researching the traditions         “It’s about tradition, and part of second of its kind in Israel. The    can kill a lion with one kick, are
him of abetting the murder            of kosher animals when they were           the experience is eating the food. first happened in 2002. “Mesora”     expensive, and probably don’t
of 100 civilians, mostly              18-year-olds studying ritual                                                            meals have also been held in con-
                                                                                 All of this craziness is just to teach junction with the Orthodox       taste all that good, otherwise
Jews, while serving in 1941
                                                                                                           about          the Union in New York in 2004 and in
                                                                                                                                                         they’d show up on more menus in
and ’42 in the Estonian gov-
                                                                                                           mesora.”           Los Angeles in 2007.       Africa. Then there’s their sheer
ernment in collaboration
                                                                                                              One of the                                 beauty.
                                                                                                                                 The highlight of the Jerusalem
with Nazi Germany. Mannil
                                                                                                           people        who meal was a fish from the Euphrates
                                                                                                                                                            Slaughtering a giraffe “would
was a wealthy businessman
and art collector. A 2005
                                                                                                           helped Greenspan River called the shibuta, which the
                                                                                                                                                         turn too many people off,” Zivotof-
Estonian probe — which
                                                                                                           restore the tradi- Talmud says has a brain that tastes
                                                                                                                                                         sky said. “But at some point in the
some claim was a whitewash
                                                                                                           tion of eating like pork. The fish, which was future, we still would like to.”   ■
— found insufficient evi-
                                                                                                           pheasant was an
dence to allow extradition.
                                                                                                           elderly man from
                                                                                                           Fair Lawn, who
                                                                                                           recalled regularly
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                                                                                                           his first experi-
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                                      lyptus Restaurant opposite Jerusalem’s Old City walls.               ence slaughtering
        Mark Samuel Ross,                                                   Photos courtesy Ari Zivotofsky animals in Eliza-
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       Karen Ross Kerstein,                                                                                quest to maintain
       N.J. Lic. No. JP03663          slaughter and wanted to know
                                      how to shecht a pheasant.                  the mesora was inspired by Eliza-
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       N.J. LIc. No. JP03158          a chain of tradition exists that it slaughterhouses and exposed him
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                                      regarding whether local birds were on my appreciation of the com-
    Independently Owned-              permitted to be eaten. The two plexities of kosher food produc- NJJN correspondent Gil Hoffman prepares to eat a locust (yes, they’re kosher), but
    Not Part Of Any Chain             Aris realized that in an industrial tion,” Greenspan said. “He also held off until a helpful waiter removed its crunchy outsides.

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