Skip to comments.My strictly kosher experience at Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day (A Chicago Jew joins appreciation day)
Posted on 08/02/2012 7:10:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Although I am a native Chicagoan who has lived in the city for many years apparently I am not a good citizen according to our mayor, Rahm Emanuel (D). By his description, I lack Chicago values.
Guilty! I am so respectful of my fellow neighbors and other residents that I have never murdered any of them nor have I bribed any city, county or state employee, all standard behavior and practices in our city. I also believe in the US Constitution, including the sections guaranteeing the free exercise of religion and freedom of speech which, according to the mayor and one of his alderman, are available only to those who agree with the mayor.
I have other political, philosophical, economic and religious differences with the mayor. While I respect his right to his opinions, if I wanted to open a business in the city--highly unlikely given the red tape and other complications--he would be able to stop me simply because he disagreed with me.
As a Jew who knows how easy it is to be marginalized and then criminalized, the mayor's thuggery towards Chick-fil-A worried me. And so I decided to participate in Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day to stand up for diversity, pluralism and multi culturalism. But there was a major problem: I keep kosher, biblically mandated Jewish food rules (don't ask), but the restaurant is definitely not kosher so normally I would avoid it. But I resolved that problem by deciding to order just a diet soft drink, skipping their specialty cuisine. I brought along an apple and some nuts to round out my meal.
And so off I went to the city franchise in the heart of the city, near universities, businesses, shopping and tourist attractions. There was a long line which moved quickly, the people were friendly.
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
I realize kosher rules can get complicated, but couldn’t she have had a milkshake? (Maybe she’s dieting ;-).
Bless you, Ms. Fenig; and thank you.
Now there’s a niche market opportunity; for heavily Jewish neighborhoods, a Kosher version of Ciick-fil-A!
Now there’s a niche market opportunity; for heavily Jewish neighborhoods, a Kosher version of Chick-fil-A!
Could have had waffle fries and a milkshake.
We have several Jewish people here at the office that keep Kosher. They routinely order waffle fries and a shake for lunch when we go to Chik-Fil-A.
New customers continued to arrive, the media interviewed the passing crowd. Read more:WOW! Reporters actually showed up at a substantial local gathering not promoting discord?!!
They sure were nowhere in sight during the gathering at the Mall back in September 09 when we were in Washington in our hundreds of thousands . . .
Perhaps they aren’t kosher ENOUGH.
Years ago, while working in a hospital, we had a rabbi who was considered one of the great scholars (I wish I had copied down his name.) It was my job to supply dinners, and he refused all our kosher food, which was disturbing to me (I, of course, was worried about his health!).
His wife brought it in other days and on the Sabbath he simply fasted. They spent some time explaining it to me but what it came down to, was the food simply couldn’t be properly kosher.
. . . nor were they in evidence at our local Chick-fil-A here, which is pretty distant from any others, and which had customers unable to park, lined up onto the access highway. I hadnt been to a Chick-fil-A before, as Im sure was the case with legions of the customers they had nationwide on 8/1/12. Ill probably go again, and I doubt that is unique to me, either . . .
“a Kosher version of Ciick-fil-A!”
I certainly respect this lady for her friendly, modest, and even rhetorically understated report. I wish I could meet her and thank her personally. She’s a good example to us all. And kosher in more ways than one.
The Rabbi was observing ‘glat kosher’ rules. Think more sothan the local kosher restaurant, much more so.
As for the differences, think “tedious”.
Chicago is the home of Communism in America. Indeed, one make quite a case for Chicago being more commie than the Big Sh*tty, AKA New York City.
As one of AMerican born into a Jewish family, the thinly disguised Communism of Rham Emanuel makes me acutly aware that America is neither Communist, nor is it likely to remain forever tolerant of Commies trying to destroy America.
Make no mistake, Obama, Rahm, and the entire bunch of commies in agencies and academia, are trying to destroy America.
Fortunately, the “Cluck Heard ‘Round The World” is proof of American Communist’s Yamamoto Moment. Whether the Commies understood remains to be seen.
All over America, the Americans awoke, and discovered they were the vast majority.
I do hope the Jewish lady in the article can make clear to her co-religionists what happened at Chick-fil-A’s yesterday.
A rabbi I knew told me that Kashrut was G-d’s way of protecting His people in the days before modern sanitation & refrigeration, but that keeping kosher nowadays is still a worthy spiritual exercise for staying focused on G-d’s will.
He went on to cite Maimonides’ observation that the Law was never intended to interfere with human life. If nonkosher food is all stands between survival and death by starvation, the rebbe said by all means choose the former.
Wonder how difficult it would be to offer kosher items at Chick Fil-A? A Jewish friend told me once she traveled to Atlanta to buy Pepperidge Farms frozen chicken certified kosher. A portion of the CF-A kitchen under rabbinical supervision? Not unfeasable, IMO.
“If nonkosher food is all.. THAT.. stands between survival and death by starvation, the rebbe said by all means choose the former.”
I hope Mr. Cathy has the good sense to send a large platter of nuggets today to Mr. Emmanuel’s office. With a copy of the Constitution.
“Now theres a niche market opportunity; for heavily Jewish neighborhoods, a Kosher version of Ciick-fil-A!”
I’ve been saying that for a while now. It’s a natural fit.
KFC did this in Israel, to great effect, changing the milk-based batter to a soy batter. I suspect there is milk in the bread products, as well.
Have to be closed on Shabbos, of course.*
* Another opportunity, as people drive to the Jewish neighborhood to get their Chick-fil-A.
“Could have had waffle fries and a milkshake.”
Perhaps. To be strictly kosher, there needs to be some sort of professional oversite, although I’ve satisfied myself something is kosher in a pinch, as well.
I’d be worried about a non-certified-kosher CFL because grease is so often a pig-product, or grease from bacon (which is cooked there) is judicially saved by pouring into the otherwise-vegitable order.
You can also end up with geletin or stabilizers from cow bone in things like milkshakes.
Beautiful post, Seek - thanks.
“Wonder how difficult it would be to offer kosher items at Chick Fil-A?”
It really needs to be all-or-nothing kosher for most who keep kosher.
So no bacon-wrapped egg.
Milkshakes may have to go, too, although given the disposable nature of the utensils, there may be a work-through here.
* Another opportunity, as people drive to the Jewish neighborhood to get their Chick-fil-A.
It really is an opportunity.
There is a large Jewish population in Brookline, MA (part of greater Boston). A kosher CFL would work well there and get a lot of student traffic from MIT (my school), BU and BC.
It’s a tremendous opportunity.
First, strict Jews would avoid places where dairy and meat products can come in contact with each other.
The milkshake formula might have all sorts of crazy stuff in it, so that would be risky at best.
Fries are often cooked in oil flavored with beef tallow, making it a no go. If the same fryer is used for deep fried non-kosher chicken, a double no-go.
The soda is the safest bet. It would be better still if it came in a sealed bottle or can.
Might it have been the Rabbi Schneerson?
Okay, that makes sense. Thank you for the additional information.
Now theres a niche market opportunity; for heavily Jewish neighborhoods, a Kosher version of Chick-fil-A!
dibs on the name: Chick-OY-VEY!
I was lamenting the fact that the chain is not kosher and that they don’t have any kosher outlets. If they did, I would have been there in a heartbeat. G-d bless Mr. Cathy and all the decent people that showed up to support his right to hold religious values sacred.
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Not bashing anyone’s standards, but some folks make allowances for things that aren’t really kosher. I suppose they’re just doing the best they can or the best they know. But I think it is important not to leave the impression for anyone who might be reading that fries (and possibly milkshakes) at any non-kosher restaurant are very, very likely not kosher.
There are all kinds of problems with anything deep-fried in a non-kosher restaurant because the oils tend to be lard-based or they might use the same equipment for cooking non-kosher meat or poultry in the same oil.
I’ve seen pictures of that particular Rabbi, and I don’t think so, and at the time, I wasn’t aware of the names, so I don’t remember it.
However, he had that “following” that Rabbis of such repute had. Greatly loved by his people.
That’s really not uncomon. I tend to pack my food everywhere.
I travel a lot, so sometimes I end up with a an extra suitcase -— of homemade food.