Sheila Hogan, left, who works for the Jewish Community Center meals on wheels program, serves a meal in November 2015 to Arnie Sherwood, who lives alone in southeast Denver at the age of 97. (RJ Sangosti, Denver Post file)
Re: “Jewish Colorado brings kosher meals to seniors,” Jan. 3 news story.
I take great exception to the statement in your article that food delivered to Arnie Sherwood was “blessed by a rabbi before it arrived on his doorstep.”
Kosher food is not “blessed by a rabbi.” It is prepared under rabbinical supervision to be sure that it meets the standards of kashrut (being kosher) — which includes content (no non-kosher items, such as pork or shellfish), cleanliness (no bugs), and if meat, fish or fowl the health of the animal and a humane slaughter.
The statement that kosher food is “blessed by a rabbi” is not only incorrect, it has a negative and condescending tone and I have often heard people say this in mocking kosher food.
Audrey Weiss, Denver
This letter was published in the Jan. 10 edition.
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