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Beyond meat and milk: Jewish eating through the ages up for discussion in Fairfield

Prof. David Kraemer, author of “Jewish Eating and Identity through the Ages” (Routledge, 2007), will discuss his research into the history of Jewish eating practices from the Torah to the 21st century at Fairfield University on Thursday, Oct. 5 as part of the university’s Bennett Center for Judaic Studies’ 2010 Judaic Studies Scholar-in-Residence Program. The book is the first ever to explore its subject. The Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, Kraemer says the book is a combination of two passions. “I love studying Jewish texts and I happen to be the cook in my household and love food,” he says. “I was looking for a history of kashrut, and there was no such thing. I didn’t want to write a history of kashrut but a history of Jewish eating, but when it didn’t exist, I said, ‘I’ve got to do this.'”

Published in Jewish Ledger on 9/29/10

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