Does This Mean You’re, Like Totally Orthodox?
SHORT, SERIOUS ANSWER: Either, “Yup, totally Orthodox!” Or “I keep kosher, but of the three main levels of Judaism, Orthodox, Conservative and Reform, I’d consider myself…” whichever the case may be.
MORE EFFECTIVE RETORT: “Yeah, I keep kosher and many people who keep kosher don’t pray nine times a day or have curly sideburns.” Again, Nemko says levity and brevity are key to responding, especially if the question feels rather accusatory. Acknowledging the image they may have in their heads and including it in your response cuts through the tension.
CONCISE COMEBACK: “Lobster, shmobster. It’s just food.”