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Swine Flu good for Jews?


Dont eat pork, not even with a fork.

As news of the swine flu spreads from Mexico (read VF.com’s Michael Hogan on that) and beyond, I can’t help but wonder about the deli in all this.

See, I’ve been in Europe during mad cow disease (when McDonald’s in Austria offered the McFarmer line of burgers with pork), and I heard firsthand from my family in Toronto about SARS hitting my hometown (Chinese restaurants empty for months, thanks to knee jerk racism). So now that the little piggy went from market to the infectious disease ward, I’m predicting a shunning of pork in the near term (short pork bellies!).

Now, once upon a time delis were places that were devoid of swine, and for the most part they still are. Sure, some places offer a ham sandwich, or bacon with the eggs, but mostly delis are a Judaic refuge from the chazzerei. Perhaps all those mouths feasting on southern bbq, braised pork bellies, and pancetta will move over to braised brisket, flanken, and pastrami.

One can hope.

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