I grew up in a community where seldom did people look at me oddly when I told them I kept Kosher. The most outrageous reaction I received was in third grade when my friend asked me if I would explode if I ate bacon. Luckily for elementary school me, my teacher was Jewish and calmly explained to her what it meant.
For those who don’t know what it means to keep kosher, it’s a pretty easy concept. The more conservative you are, there more rules there are, and I keep it at a basic level. To keep it simple, I don’t eat pork, keep meat and dairy products separate when eating (e.g., no cheeseburgers), and don’t eat shellfish. At home I have separate sets of silverware and plates for both meat and dairy, but here that’s not necessary. Continue reading