Thursday, July 27, 2006

Hebrew National...A better commercial

For all of the stigma that is associated with Hebrew National I have to say that their recent ad campaign is just brilliant. I came across this commercial while watching the History Channel and none of my roommates picked it up - but being a Kashrut dork - I did.

The commercial says: "They might just be the best hotdogs on earth, no ifs ands or butts about it". Of course this is due to the issur d'orisa from Bereshit 32:33 regarding the gid hanasheh (Sciatic Nerve) and the relevant parts if it's not removed.


I don't think one should have to be a Kashrut dork to notice it; they should have. Nonetheless, my level of respect for Hebrew National has risen tremendously, that doesn't mean that I will be eating their meat just yet but that's a cool commercial.

I'm sure Rav Ralbag is a reputable rov and a good mashgiach, but I'm not going to start buying their meat without some Rabbinic support. ADDeRabbi?

5 comments:

Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

I'd rather eat Hebrew National than Rubashkins.

Natan said...

You are not the first person that I've heard express that idea. As it is, I don't eat Rubashkin's or HN. Most of the meat we have at the restaurant is International Glatt which does not come from AgriProcessors

Natan said...

I recieved an e-mail asking if I was serious about eating Hebrew National. Just to clarify, that part of the post was in jest. I'm not going to be eating HN any time soon, not only do I not trust it, even if I did I wouldn't go against what has become the accepted practice in America.

On a theoretical level, HN should be better than Rubashkins, but it's all speculation.

doobee said...

"I'm not going to be eating HN any time soon, not only do I not trust it, even if I did I wouldn't go against what has become the accepted practice in America."

Wait... so your theoretical respect for Rav Ralbag was a joke?
Or is kashrut determined by ignorance and peer pressure?

Natan said...

The Hashgacha industry (I'm certified by two Vaadot) is built around trust. If I'm sure person A is reputable doesn't mean that I can eat it unless I have rabinic support. In my line of work if I say that HN is Kosher I could lose my job. I can't because I can't trust it - I don't know enough.

If, however, people learn that there is a reputable Rov backing HN now maybe in the future I can eat HN; but not any time soon.

Wait... so your theoretical respect for Rav Ralbag was a joke?
Or is kashrut determined by ignorance and peer pressure?
No, I do respect him (I don't know him, but everything I can see leads me to that conclusion) but eating in his house is different than eating HN.

Kashrut is above all determined by infomation exactly opposite from ignorance. If HN wanted to convince a Vaad HaRabonim that it was kosher they would, but I don't think they feel the need to.