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Land of Pork and Honey

posted on July 6, 2015

For Roads & Kingdoms, Shira Rubin writes on the growing popularity of pork in Israel, and the tension it ignites in the primarily Jewish nation. David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, “viewed eating pork as a recent Jewish diasporic cultural development that Israelis needed to shed in order to forge a united Israeli identity,” Rubin writes. Yet, Haaretz writer Rogel Alpher argues that kosher rules are discriminatory, calling the kashrut culture “a culture of coercion, of wielding control over the population.”

Read at Roads & Kingdoms