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The Apotheosis of Treyf

Although indisputably treyf, ham is sometimes addressed humorously, as in spoofs from the satirical “Onion” or “A Jew Touches Ham,” a new micro-short film by Jewish comedian Aaron Glaser.

Then there is “faux ham” proffered by PETA or an ostensibly kosher “Christmas Ham-flavored soda” manufactured in Seattle a few seasons back. Decades ago, scientists unsuccessfully tried to substitute the purportedly kosher, pig-like babirusa, which turned out to be treyf after all. David Sax’s nostalgically poignant “Save the Deli” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009) observes that outside New York, so-called “delis” serve ham & cheese on a bagel and even pork roast Panini on challah (!)

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