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Meme - gacked from browngirl

List 5 things which are basic common knowledge in your culture, which people outside are unfamiliar with. This is not about obscurity, but something everyday to you, that others go "bzuh?" at.

Some of this is Orthodox, some is culturally Jewish.

1. Even if you don't keep kosher, drinking milk with a meat dinner is slightly gross.
2. Shrimp are NOT kosher. Neither are Reuben sandwiches.
3. Single people do not bring dates to weddings. If they do (after asking if they can), everyone will assume there will be another wedding in the near future. Consequently, you don't see "and guest" on invitations.
4. "The Holidays" happen in the early fall.
5. Your mother makes the best chicken soup ever.


1. Agree totally. Milk for me is for breakfast or with freshly baked cookies, not with other meals.

2. Shrimp I understand. Why Reuben sandwiches? Is it because of the meat/cheese combination, or is there another reason?

3. Interesting. Thank heavens I didn't marry some of the single people I went with as guests to weddings.

4. What are the early fall holidays for you?

5. In my family tradition it's fried chicken :) Actually, my mother's sister made the best since she was "the cook" in the family.

Very interesting meme--thanks for sharing. I'll have to think about this before I can post my own response.

2. It's the meat and milk thing. Meat and milk is, in fact, more forbidden than either pork or shellfish - one can own pork or shellfish, or have benefit from it (profit or feeding it to a pet, for example), but one cannot own meat-and-milk or have benefit from it. I could feed a cat lobster, but not cheeseburger. (Meat in this case is defined as "from a kosher animal." Feeding one's cat ham and cheese is just fine.) Example - I have a sock yarn that's treated with shrimp and crab chitin. I'm not eating it, so it's perfectly fine for me to knit socks with it. If it were made with a combination of meat and milk products, I couldn't do that.

3. We went through that a few years ago - my brother-in-law took his then-girlfriend. And they broke up a few months later anyway. (He's married to someone else now.)

4. The early fall holidays are the High Holidays - the Jewish New Year, the Day of Atonement, the Feast of Tabernacles and the Celebration of the Torah. They pretty much take up an entire month, and make us wonder why everyone else goes nuts over Thanksgiving (one big meal, no restrictions as to time or place or type of food). Given when the Holidays fall and my own work schedule, I'll be lucky to get in three days at my desk this coming year.)

5. Chicken soup is sacred. :)