by Howard Feldman printed in the Times of Israel!
A few hours before the festival of Purim began, the Johannesburg Jewish world was turned upside down. An urgent notification from the Beth Din (South Africa’s singular kashrut body) announced that the oldest and probably largest kosher caterer, Stan and Pete, had had its certification withdrawn. Food already purchased could not be used but we didn’t need to “kasher” our homes.
I love good food. And I love gorgeous restaurants and beautiful wine and the ambiance and décor of establishments that make my heart smile. I have also been kosher all my life, which meant that on many occasions, I would need to fight an internal war in order to not transgress Jewish dietary laws.