I'm sure many of you have heard about the uproar surrounding the new kosher cheeseburger. The beef is real beef, while the cheese is tofu (parve). This new "cheeseburger" is being served at Talia's Steakhouse.
I have seriously come to believe that frum people need a lesson in logic. Not only do these wacko frum people create uproars when they are unnecessary (sheital store, concert) but the arguments used to justify them are simply twisted, illogical, and inconsistent, especially in terms of "Talia's Steakhouse"
The first argument is just beautifully (note sarcasm) written up by one of the YWN commentors on their post about this issue. The commentor said the following:
"do we have to be like goyim in e/t we do!!! we copy the way they dress do we also have to eat what they eat? "
I would also like to question (partially because of A Simple Jew) why nobody complains about pizza, sushi, chinese food, or just about any other food, but they choose to attack the cheeseburger? Why not KD? I happen to describe that place as the "Kosher McDonalds + more" to my non-Jewish or non-religious friends!
On the blog "A Simple Jew" I found the perfect reply to this, and he wrote:
"Throughout history Jews who kept kosher have eaten what was available in the countries that they lived. The key is simply that it must be kosher – and if it is, then it is. End of story"
The second argument against this cheeseburger is that of "Maaras Ayin", that it may appear as if we are doing something wrong. I guess I would see that point, if it were CONSISTENT. Seriously, how many people spread margerine on their baked potato or corn while eating flieshigs? Or how about parve ice cream being served at flieshig restuarants?
The NY Post article quoted an anti-cheeseburger frummy: "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?"
I would like to ask him why it is, that for years we've been smearing our baked potatoes with margerine, and eating parve ice cream in restuarants, and no one said anything, but NOW suddenly, they all seem to care! Shouldn't you teach you then already fear your 10-year-old will think ice cream is alright after a burger? or after chulent on shabbos?