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Milk and bread…

glass_of_milk_and_bread_largeOne of my sons was makpid (particular) on Chalav Yisrael – that is milk that has been supervised by a rabbi through the whole milking, pasteurizing and bottling process. At the time that he decided to take it on, I wanted to encourage him in it. It sounded like he had thought through the whole advantage /  disadvantage thing. What could it hurt?

This week I had an epiphany. Having to go searching for milk at 7 am on a Sunday morning, let alone Chalav Yisrael milk, was totally an exercise in futility. There is nothing non-kosher about Chalav Stam (non-supervised milk). There is legislation in place that prevents the milk companies from adding non-kosher additives to the milk. The child has moved out of the ultra-holy phase he was going thru and I am sick of paying thru the nose for milk that spoils before its sell by date.

By my reckoning we will save about $25 a month with the amount of milk that we drink. I wonder how this Chalav Yisrael thing started anyway…

And while we are on the subject of supervised vs non-supervised, up in Montreal most of the OJs I know all buy bread from the kosher bakery. Hardly anyone buys Pas Akum – bread baked by a non-Jew. There are plenty of breads that have the hechsher (Kosher certification) but are not Pas Yisrael, have not been baked by a Jew. In Monsey it doesn’t seem to be as big a deal in the houses I have been to. What’s up with that??

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Kosher Kraziness

How is this even fair? I went grocery shopping today and even though I am not watching my weight I noticed the WeightWatcher bread. The one with kosher certification was 5.99 – the loaf without the certification was 3.29. Tell me, does it really cost that much to certify a loaf of bread as kosher?!! Keeping kosher has to be one of the most expensive mitzvoth – and it’s not something I regret doing, G-d Forbid, it’s just that sometimes it is so frustrating!

 

And why is it that Chalav Yisrael products invariably go off before their sell-by-date? I opened a container of cottage cheese last week, with a sell by date of June 13 2009. I went to the container for more today – spots of lime green mould. Icky icky icky.  I have been told that it’s the same with the milk too, but milk doesn’t last long in this house anyway, with 4 thirsty boys. What’s your experience?

 

Kosher eating is a way of life for me, always has been, always will, even with the terrible price gouging. People ask sometimes “isn’t it hard?” I like to answer the following way – if you had a food allergy and had to stick to a special diet, yes it would be hard, but in order to stay healthy you have to limit your diet. Keeping Kosher helps me stay spiritually healthy – that’s why it’s the diet for me.