By Miriam Shaviv
April 12, 2010

Tomorrow, Brooklyn will have a new restaurant, called Traif.

The owner writes:

I am Jewish, although obviously not great at it. So, Traif is a restaurant that celebrates the foods that I love most, which just so happens to be the foods that I am not supposed to eat.  At Traif, we will feature pork and shellfish. Do you like bacon in everything, wish that your bowl of moules-frites would never end? Then, you might be very excited for Traif.

Now, I know this is supposed to be a joke - and I don't want to be the party-pooper. But I have to say, this kind of thing makes me groan.  You want to eat treif? Go ahead - it's a free world. But the idea that it is somehow 'cool' to eat treif, that it's a thrill, that it's something Jews should take particular delight in - that's just adolescent.

This sad restaurant is going to be packed full of Jews thinking how clever they are to be eating a piece of pork. Guys, grow up.


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Mon, 04/12/2010 - 12:19

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I detect a sense of humour bypass.

Yehuda A Holz

Mon, 04/12/2010 - 17:42

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I think it’s a great name! It’s a name and a concept which engages with Jewish identity and grapples with it. I eat kosher but I would certainly go there for a glass of water.


Mon, 04/12/2010 - 18:21

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I agree Miriam, it does seem a little childish, but its funny... and arguably huting nobody directly... It's a little bit sad if anything but I guess we have to laugh....

I approve it somewhat for being something of an obviously antiestablishment act, it's rather reminiscent of the man who sued Gd. It's also a grim reminder of the pervasiveness of the 'When in Rome' mentality.


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