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Jackie Mason Has Cow Over ‘Kosher Cheeseburger’

By Aram David

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Talia’s Steakhouse on New York’s Upper East Side has started serving a “Kosher Parve Cheeseburger,” made with a beef patty and tofu cheese, but according to the New York Post, some observant Jews aren’t salivating over the prospect — including Jackie Mason.

“I would never entertain the thought of eating cheese — real or fake — with meat… It makes me nauseous just thinking about it,” the comedian said.

Rabbi Basil Herring, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Council of America, gave a more serious assessment to the Post:

Jewish law is very concerned for appearances. Not only should you always do the right thing, but it should be seen as the right thing.

Any Jew who keeps kosher knows a cheeseburger is not permissible. But … what happens if a young kid, a 10-year-old, goes in there and says, hmm, maybe cheese on a burger is OK?

Detractors aside, there is apparently a constituency for a kosher cheeseburger. Talia’s owner, Ephraim Nagar, claims he has sold at least 20 of these $5-$8 burgers a night.

Note: Cheeseburger pictured above is not actual “Kosher Parve Cheeseburger” from Talia’s Steakhouse.



Comments
Ruth Thu. Mar 6, 2008

<p>No one is better than the Jews at finding brilliant loopholes, and this one is particularly good. Are Mason, Rabbi Herring (what a great name!), and others aware of the "mock shrimp" found in many vegan kosher Chinese restaurants? There are hundreds of variations on this theme, and as new ways to play with food develop, this "loop-holing" will continue. Eating mock shrimp or soy-cheese-burgers doesn't appeal to me on a visceral level, but I find their existence quite a testament to Jewish ingenuity! </p>

asc Wed. Mar 5, 2008

I think the amazing thing is that they managed to keep the price of the burgers to $5-$8. At Dougie's you can't get a burger for less than $10. Le Marai's "Classic Burger" is $15. Mendy's cheapeest burger, without the "cheese", is $8.95.

marjorie Fri. Mar 7, 2008

that guy in the picture is gonna give himself some e. coli contamination -- EW, those NAILS! dude, you wanna eat treyf, you go on with your bad self, but EVERYBODY should wash up before dinner.

Sharon Morrissey Young Tue. Apr 8, 2008

Hi,my name is Sharon Morrissey Young and I am involved in a project here in Highland Park, Il, a documentary. I am interested in contacting Jackie Mason. Would you be able to provide me with a vehicle to contact him. Thanks

Lloyd H Weston Tue. Mar 17, 2009

When I was a kid I worked at a "kosher style" deli / soda shoppe in Detroit. Not a week went by when some kibbitzer didn't come in and ask for a "kosher ham sandwich." The standard comeback was, "we don't have kosher ham, but we can make it kosher by putting a slice of cheese on it." (LOL)

Years, later -- transplanted to Chicago -- I was at a party attended by a largely gentile crowd, and, in cocktail conversation, up came the subject: "Is ham ever kosher?" The only Jew in sight, I was required to answer the question. To which, I, of course, replied, "Only if you put a slice of cheese on it." Polite chuckles. I assumed everyone understood the joke. I thought that was the end of it and I forgot the entire incident

Fast forward another couple of years. I am now newly-married to a nice Jewish girl, and, one day, out of my presence she finds herself in a conversation with one or two women who also happened to be part of the cocktail conversation I had a few years earlier.

Again, someone asked. "Can ham ever be kosher?" "Yes," replied one the women, "but only if you put a slice of cheese on it."

Surprised -- perhaps shocked -- my wife was beside herself. "Who the hell told you that?" she demanded to know.

Menechem Shaul Thu. Sep 10, 2009

What is the Difference with a "Cheese' burger and Kosher "Shrimp that is availble at my communities butchershop? I have seen Observant Jews like myself eating kosher "shrimp" or "Lobster" or "Crab" but tell me they will not eat a "Cheese" burger because of the apperance! Well I am Kosher, I will have a "Cheese" burger, or "Surf" and turf because I know it is Kosher!

Menechem Shaul Thu. Sep 10, 2009

Lloyd, I'm glad that I was not in your shoes whe your joke came back to bite you! Hopefully all turned out for the best though!

Chris Whewell Thu. Sep 17, 2009

I stay kosher, but have had a lingering question for a while. I understand Bison can be kosher, so what if one uses cheese made from cow milk on a Bison burger ? Is this permissible ? Exodus 23:9 seems wholly inapplicable there. Thank you.

Chris Whewell Thu. Sep 17, 2009

Apologies for reference to the wrong section in Ex.

Steven - Electronic Cigarettes Mon. Nov 16, 2009

Interesting points here Would you ever consider guest posting on one of my blogs? Nicely done, Steven.

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