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Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.) Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching. She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:
Around a year ago the Torah-Jewish blog world was buzzing with outraged horror over some ads for Pesach Seder in non-Kosher venues.
Well, I'm not naive, and I'm no FFB either. The vast, vast majority of Jews don't eat Kosher food. And most of those who don't eat Kosher food aren't sinning out of a rebelious contrariness. Most of them are rather ignorant or unaware of what Kosher food really means. That was my situation until during my teens I got involved with NCSY.
For many Jews, the "traditional" seder they know from their childhoods was not kosher. The fish may have been "geffilte," and not shrimp, but the plates were most probably the same ones set out for any festive meal during the year. So if they go to the "Jewish Seder" in some traif restaurant, it's no less kosher than what they would serve at home. Maybe they'll read through the Haggadah a bit to get familiar with the story. And maybe it will set a Jew on the way to a truly Jewish life, G-d willing.
I certainly am not promoting eating traif, but better a traif seder than non at all.