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April 23, 2005



Huh! So corn syrup is out because it's leguminous? But corn isn't a legume on anyone's definition, check out the scientific classification of corn here (it's a grass), and the discussion of what a legume is here...

Is it just because it looks like it might be kind of pea-like?

eric morse

Wow. Very interesting stuff.
From the post title, I was sure someone from "Bread" had passed on. No "Baby I'm-a Want You" lyrics here, though...

Margaret S.

On a tangent, maybe you would like to spice up your traditional menu with some foreign traditions. This article starts with a glimpse of traditional Mexican Passover food:

Margaret S.

Oops, make that ...articles/A10612-2005Apr22.html


Do pardon those who are clearly quite slow about catching up on their blog reading. In any case, I'm genuinely surprised each time I encounter an American Jew who didn't grow up with the Maxwell House haggadah. (When a friend and I set out to adapt the haggadah to our own purposes, being as we were unhappy with the archaic language and some annoying references to smiting non-Jews, we were astonished to learn how much of that thing isn't at all a necessary part of the seder.)

Although next year I might, as a semanticist, have to put back in that explanation of the difference between "the days" and "all the days". I'd forgotten how much that amused me.


You state: "More seriously, the dispute turns on whether or not derivatives of a product retain the prohibited characteristics of the original, a strategy by which Kraft claims certification for Jell-O."

I must also point out that it is the same strategy by which the chief rabbinate of Israel grants certification to most gelatin producted consumed in that country.

You then claim: "No major certification organization buys any of this, but SC admires the chutzpah involved in trying." The claim that "no major certification organization" accepts this position is therefore false in light of the foregoing -- the Israel rabbinate is a major player in the kosher certification business.

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