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He’s Here, He’s Here, He’s Finally Here

Monday, 30 August 2010

One of the gifts of the Internet has been the relationships formed that otherwise would never have happened. Lest you fear that Frume Sarah’s social life exists only online, I should point out that each and every one of these online friendships have solidified through face-to-face meetings.

One such interaction occurred last April at A Celebration of the Jewish Picture Book at the Skirball Cultural Center, an affiliate of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Among the speakers was Laurel Snyder, whose writing I had long admired since reading Half/Life — Jewish Tales from Interfaith Homes. Having corresponded with her over the past couple of years, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet her face-to-face.

Laurel was everything in person that she reveals in her writing; refreshing, clever, honest, and fun. She had with her an ARC of her then-latest endeavour, Baxter the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher. With great excitement, she let me take a look. That was it; I was hooked.

A pig as the protagonist of a book about kashrut? Unthinkable. Impossible. On the other hand, who better to walk the reader through the basics of the Jewish dietary laws as well as get a solid understanding of the joys of Shabbat?

And now Baxter is as close as your nearest bookseller (brick-and-mortar or online). Do not tarry.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Former Reform Jew permalink
    Tuesday, 31 August 2010 8:45 am

    There have been serious halachic debates about this: pigs have split hooves, but do not chew their cud. If a pig embryo would be manipulated to grow a second stomach and chew its cud, and then that animal was born, would it be considered kosher?

    Personally, I know of cheaper and easier ways to get kosher bacon; but as an intellectual debate it is fascinating to hear both sides.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Tuesday, 31 August 2010 3:16 pm

      This is an introduction to kashrut. For KIDS. Halakhic debates are beyond the scope of the book. It is intended to give an overview of the dietary restrictions as well as explain the concepts of welcoming the stranger and Shabbat.

      • Former Reform Jew permalink
        Wednesday, 1 September 2010 9:20 am

        Oh sorry – I was too busy thinking about the pig who wanted to be kosher to actually comment on the content of the book. :o)

  2. Tuesday, 31 August 2010 8:11 pm

    love it. mine is on order 😉

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 1 September 2010 10:47 pm

      You will LOVE LOVE LOVE Baxter.

  3. Wednesday, 1 September 2010 8:07 am

    Just want to say I caught the Fiddler reference, but don’t have the energy to come up with something clever to prove it.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 1 September 2010 10:47 pm

      Nothin’ to prove. You caught the reference as intended.

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