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Arab-Israeli Relations in a Butcher Shop

Our Mashgiah and the USDA inspector banter back and forth in Arabic. The USDA inspector, a soft spoken, smiley man is asking what the mashgiah is doing while he works on our meat. They are clearly having a fun conversation about the technicalities of kosher butchering. I am curious. “Where are you from?” I ask the inspector. “Egypt,” he says. I know our mashgiach is from Israel but his family is originally Iraqi, so he speaks both Arabic and Hebrew along with a multitude of other languages (Spanish is the other one floating around our butcher shop today). “We are supposed to be enemies!” the inspector says to me jokingly. It warms my heart – among all the different backgrounds in the butcher shop today, we all have a common goal – making 100% grassfed meat kosher.IMG_1716IMG_1714