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For every legal decisor in Jewish history was able to rule on the same question asked at the same time to two questioners, and state to one questioner that it was treif while responding to the other questioner that it was kosher ...
Some bakeries have even veered into treif, stuffing babka with ham and cheese or sausage and eggs.
The sensation is as if you're sampling something that tastes great and looks Jewish, but isn't entirely kosher.'" And the reviewer attributed this to the different world of late twentieth-century America: "While lamenting the slightly treif taste of the new Fiddler, Thane Rosenbaum added: 'Perhaps that's not the production's fault as much as it is a reflection of how well, and quickly, the Jewish immigration saga in America was transformed from one of despair to one of reinvention.'" (6) By the end of its run in 2006, none other than gay and Jewish Harvey Fierstein is singing the supremely heterosexual Tevye.
After all, cheese is just curdled milk, and as long as it's not eaten with meat, what could be treif about it?
Feit points to the Jewish legal principle of nullification, which states that a trace amount of a forbidden substance can be fully absorbed into an acceptable one without rendering the second treif, or forbidden.
(Never mind that Reubens are treif.) The palate-cleansing spears, which Jewish food historian Gil Marks calls a mainstay of the Jewish deli experience, have multiplied and spread throughout American culture.
Such public vilification is meant to force Jewish leaders to either censor their beliefs or risk being labeled treif and kicked out of the tent altogether.
The so-called "Treif Banquet" is held for the first class of the Reform rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College, with a menu of clams, frog legs, crab, shrimp and milk and meat dishes.
"Kosher isn't a style of cuisine; it's a style of slaughter or supervision." Under Jewish law, corned beef can be as kosher as sushi, foie gras or kung pao chicken--or as treif.
Not everything about the book is Jewish: The broiled clams with chorizo are more than a little treif, but the rugelach and brisket nicely balance them out.