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April 28, 2009

Swine flu not kosher

I'm sorry, but I have to snigger just a little bit at this.

Pigs are, to both Jews and Muslims, unclean and the eating of the meat (bacon, ham, pork) is forbidden to followers of either religion.

OK, what the Sky Pilot tells you to do, that's fine. But it can be taken to extremes.

"We will call it Mexico flu. We won't call it swine flu," Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman, a black-garbed Orthodox Jew, told a news conference Monday, assuring the Israeli public that authorities were prepared to handle any cases.

Under Jewish dietary laws, pigs are considered unclean and pork is forbidden food -- although the non-kosher meat is available in some stores in Israel.

Yup, despite the fact that the danger of the disease is exactly that it has crossed the species barrier, the word "swine" ain't to be used.

I was at college with a man who is now a Rabbi.....and I have to say that he would not be such a damn fool.


April 28, 2009 in Religion | Permalink

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