With flavors such as molé spice-cacao-seeds, this gluten-free, vegan, soon-to-be certified kosher treat could easily be mistaken for the latest arrival in the Whole Foods snack aisle. Except for the fact that each fruit and nut cluster contains 20 milligram of THC — the active ingredient in marijuana.
When creating “Sababa Snacks” — which are named after a Hebrew slang word for cool — Californians Aram Hava and Ezra Malmuth wanted the edible medical marijuana both to be ethically-sourced and kosher, J Weekly reported. They’ve asked a local kashrut agency to certify their product.
The 28-year-old business partners, who met as students at a Jewish high school school in San Francisco, said the snack and its name will appeal to everyone.
“It’s a deliberately Jewish word, and that’s who we are,” Hava said, adding that “non-Jews who don’t know what it means think it’s a cool made-up word, while the Jews just chuckle. One woman heard the name and started talking to us in Hebrew, which was the whole point. We’re bringing some good vibes into the project.”
Medical marijuana was recently ruled kosher-for-Passover by a leading ultra-Orthodox rabbi. Although cannabis belongs to the category of kitniyot, legumes that Ashkenazi Jews traditionally avoid on Passover, marijuana is allowed when used as a medical treatment, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky declared.
In January, a New York company, Vireo Health, announced it was the world’s first kosher medical marijuana supplier, under the supervision of the Orthodox Union.
It’s that time of the year again — Passover and 4/20, the unofficial marijuana celebration day. On the same day.
The celebration of all things green poses a particular problem for the chosen people. Namely, is smoking pot kosher for Passover?
Sorry to disappoint, but it seems not.
In 2007, Israel’s Green Leaf Party, which supports the legalization of marijuana, declared that cannabis is among the substances Jews are forbidden to consume during Passover.
“You shouldn’t smoke marijuana on the holiday, and if you have it in your house you should get rid of it,” Michelle Levine, a spokeswoman for the party, said at the time.
Why? Because hemp seeds are considered to be kitniyot.
While biblical law prohibits eating leavened foods, rabbis have since extended the rules to apply to foods like beans, corn and rice. Hemp seeds, found in marijuana, falls under that category. So voila, no Mary-Jane for you — if you’re Ashkenazi that is.
Sephardic Jews have traditionally been allowed to eat kitniyot during Passover, so when it comes to 4/20, they’re in the clear.
If you’re really desperate though, there have been reports in the past of kosher for Passover pot cookies. Cannabliss, an Israeli company that supplies medical marijuana to Hadassah Hospital, makes them with matzo meal or potato flour.
As the ancients said: Put that in your pipe and smoke it. But don’t. Still not kosher.
It seems the lions at the Copenhagen Zoo enjoyed a little kosher treat this weekend.
Yes folks, that’s right: Marius the giraffe was kosher.
The 18-month-old giraffe was euthanized on Sunday because of a duty to avoid inbreeding. Reuters reported that Marius was given his favourite breakfast of rye bread and then shot.
And by euthanized, we mean “Marius” was skinned and dismembered in front of children, and then fed to the zoo’s lions.
According to Kashrut.com, there are certain misconceptions about how kosher of the long-necked mammal actually is. But rest easy — you won’t be feasting on giraffe around the Shabbat table any time soon. Although the giraffe is a kosher, it is not slaughtered because it is not known where on the neck to perform the shechitah (ritual slaughter).
WARNING: the video below contains scary and graphic images not fit for children — Oh wait.
Those not too fond of the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Bruno Mars may be excited to learn that a Jewish radio network will be hosting its own alternative halftime show — a “kosher” one.
The Nachum Segal Network has announced that it will be airing an alternative show featuring Jewish stars Lenny Solomon, Shlock Rock, Avromie Weisberger, Jonathan Rimberg, Ari Boianguiu and Ethan Bill. And like the official halftime show, the network says it might have a few surprises.
The 20-minute video, which will coincide with the Super Bowl’s official halftime show, will also be available on their website, Youtube channel and Facebook page after the show, JNS reported.
“The halftime show is a key component of the big game, and the NFL consistently brings the biggest names in contemporary music to play on the main stage. The only issue is that those acts often don’t appeal to the Jewish crowd,” radio host Nachum Segal was quoted saying in JNS. “We are proud to be providing a quality, kosher alternative that will entertain Jewish audiences and maintain a family-oriented vibe even during halftime.”
Believe it or not, the Nachum Segal Network’s show won’t be the first kosher halftime alternative.
Yashiva University has produced videos for the past two years featuring professors from the educational institution speaking about the spiritual side of sports.
Last year’s event was advertised with: “Forget the commercials - Are you ready for some — Torah?!”
Earlier this week Timothy D. Lytton wrote about a recent scandal at a kosher meat market in L.A. and organized crime and kosher food certification. His blog posts are featured on The Arty Semite courtesy of the Jewish Book Council and My Jewish Learning’s Author Blog Series. For more information on the series, please visit:
Kosher food certification has come a long way in the past 100 years (see my earlier posts on the Baff Murder and the L.A. kosher meat scandal). Consumer vigilance has been a key factor in improving the reliability of kosher certification. Of the estimated 12 million American consumers who buy kosher products because they are certified kosher, 8% are religious Jews who eat only kosher food.
This core of religiously observant consumers is highly motivated to monitor the reliability of kosher certification. They call agency hotlines to report improperly labeled products — for example, products with a pareve (indicating the absence of any dairy products) label that nonetheless list dairy ingredients on their packages, packages with agency symbols that appear to be counterfeit, or items that contain ingredients that the consumers suspect are not kosher.
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