Kosher Goes Gourmet

Pop-up Shabbat dinners?

James Beard sponsored seders?

Gefilte fish fritters?

What in the world are the Jewish holidays coming to?

According to a recent article in The Atlantic, keeping kosher has become trendy with young hipster New York Jews, but with a twist.

Gone are the jar of beets, the tasteless matzo crackers, and the candy-sweet kosher wine of a former generation. 

Now in trendy Brooklyn you can dine on gourmet kosher delicacies like chicken liver truffles, crispy matzo balls, and gruyere and goat cheese herbed challah.

Yum. I think I’ll cater this culinary extravaganza for my next holiday party. Sorry Mom, I mean no offense, and of course you’re invited.

Like so much modernizing these days, Jewish cooking is not going to be left behind. And while I applaud the bold advances in flavors and textures of kosher cooking, I say why not go all the way and transform your soul life as well? If you’re into real makeovers, that is.

Gefilte fish with a facelift is only stomach deep while a new heart is eternally satisfying and attractive to God.

“I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their good and the good of their children after them.” – Jeremiah 32:39 ESV

Certainly trendy kosher eating has more appeal for keeping God’s food laws, but believing in God’s Son Yeshua, as the Promised Messiah, is what all the food laws point to. He ultimately satisfies our palate by nourishing our souls and making us acceptable in the sight of God. 

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.”  – Psalm 34:8 ESV

So go ahead, dig into that bowl of roasted beet borscht and savor every spoonful, but remember life is more than food, kosher or otherwise.

Talk to me.


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