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16 Most Annoying Things About Keeping Kosher... In A Muslim Country

It is complicated between me and Turkish food. A tribute to Emily's 16 Most Annoying Things About Keeping Kosher.

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2. You need to explain that it is not about cleanliness! Jews don't think that Muslim food isn't clean!?!?!!


Especially to the Teyze's who have amazing cooking, but you just can't eat that amazing etli dolma (zucchini dolma with ground meat).

(note: The meat needs to be cut a certain way, with a rabbi present and so on.)

3. Then the entire conversation becomes Judaism 101.


It is a great interfaith conversation, but it is a little tough to be the 'Jewish ambassador'. You need to keep Jewish history fresh in your memory all the time, just in case!

4. You need to act quick (and change the subject) before all questions become Israel related.

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Being a Jewish ambassador is okay, but being an Israeli ambassador is a little too much. (AND I AM NOT ISRAELI!)

9. At home, especially if nobody else keeps kosher, your life is a constant battle with yogurt.

Why is there yogurt on and in ALL the appetizers and home-cooked meals? And why are they served with meat? Once the yogurt is on there, there is no going back.

11. It also hurts to know that this is what they ate when you couldn't make it to dinner that one night.

This is a type of restaurant which has a grill in the middle of 5 tables, and they just grill you delicious meat until you can't eat anymore.

12. If you choose to cook kosher meat at home, the meat is not only double the price, but also high in demand and low in supply.

You need to CALL your butcher in advance to guarantee that you will have meat on the table next week on Tuesday night.

13. You know you will never be able to make this at home, so you just give up on eating good Turkish döner.

Except for the frozen ready-sliced ones, or that one small restaurant which is only open in the summer on an island.

15. But no one can understand how midye dolma is not an exception, especially after midnight.

Because these portable midye dolma sellers start to multiply on the streets after midnight.

(midye dolma: mussels with spiced rice)

L'Chaim & Afiyet!

Keep in mind that this is what I did when I kept kosher at home, and there are many different ways to keep kosher. Refer to #3 here above (and #2 on Emily's post)!

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