Shrimp on the Clark Fork River!

Thursday, 25 August, 2022 - 11:11 pm

Before sailing into another school year, Chavie and I took the kids for some family time, spending four days on a farm South of Hamilton. We woke each morning to milk the goats, feed the chickens, collect the eggs, inspect the beehives, drink crystal water, and enjoy the view of the Bitterroot Mountains, including a spectacular evening lightening show. In addition, we swam in Lake Como, enjoyed dinner on the Frenchtown Pond, boated on Flathead Lake, celebrated Menny Wolf’s Upshernish in Kalispell, and rafted on the Clark Fork River between Tarkio and Superior. Our guide Cy was a super intelligent eighteen-year-old who taught us a lot about his Hindu heritage, and we taught him a lot about Kosher.

It was delightful.

In this week’s Torah portion, Re’eh, we read about Kosher fish, birds, and domesticated animals. We are Jews and G-d says, “For you are a holy people to the Lord, your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a treasured people for Him”. Jews have a food code that includes salmon and ribeye, duck and halibut and of course almost everything that grows in the ground, but it doesn’t include shrimp, oysters, lobsters, crabs, squid, bacon, hunted game, cheeseburgers and bear meat. Yes, my friend Cy told me that he’s eaten bear and went on to explain to me how it tastes. Human beings can’t decide which foods are good for our souls and which aren’t. We have a guide from G-d that instructs us how to eat spiritually to attain holiness.  

Humanity respects those who are bold. We appreciate vegans and vegetarians who stand on principle, we salute Muslims who eat Halal and Hindus who don’t eat beef, we admire those who farm their own food and won’t eat food that is transported three thousand miles via gas-guzzler trucks, and I assure you, based on my many years of experience, that not only is Hashem happy when we eat Kosher, but the world stands in awe of those who choose a relationship with G-d over convenience. “I’m not Kosher” is a Jewish excuse for not taking some steps towards incorporating Kosher eating habits. Just because your chicken isn’t Kosher, doesn’t mean you should eat shrimp, it’s not all or nothing.

Eat like your soul depends on it!








May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Mashiach speedily. May G-d protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!








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