A further comment: "kosher" is intimately related to "yoshor [ethics]." God’s Torah not only demands the observance of kashrut and the sanctification of our physical enjoyment; it also insists on the sanctification of our social relationships. This requires the strict application of the tenets of justice and righteousness, which avoid even the slightest trace of dishonesty in our business dealings and personal life. God’s Torah not only demands of us to love our neighbor in that we concern ourselves with his welfare and property, but it insists further on a conduct of uncompromising straightness ("yoshor") which is inspired not only by the letter of the law but is guided by the ethical principle of honesty which, then, would deserve the honorable title of "yeshurun."
Suggested Discussion Questions:
Does the date of publication of this text surprise you? Why or why not?
What does it mean to you to be yosher in addition to kosher?
What are some examples of the practical implications of this idea?
Time Period: Contemporary (The Yom Kippur War until the present-day)