Some Jews Say Bugs Have No Place At The Seder Table
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At this week's Passover Seders, Jews around the world lay out ceremonial meals. There's parsley or radishes to represent spring rebirth, and horseradish to show the bitterness of slavery.
As Orthodox Rabbi Tzvi Fischer shows me at the People's Farmer's Market in southeast Portland, Ore., those vegetables, and the critters inside them, bring their own theological issues.
To be clear, Fischer thinks these bugs — aphids, mites and little green thrips — are totally natural. They're what you expect when you buy food that grows in the ground, especially without pesticides. But for some religious Jews, like him, they do pose a problem.
"Leviticus, in discussion of which animals are kosher and which shall not be eaten, it says sheretz, which means, basically runny things, the things that crawl around," says Fischer.
And it's not because they're unhealthful or unclean in a sanitary sense. It's a spiritual concept, he says.
There is some debate about the details, but basically, if you
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