2008 was so quick, and so tornadolike in its ferocity, that you may have missed some of the bigger events — which is why we’ve whipped up a handy guide to the year that just came and went.
The Agriprocessors scandal turned into the largest single bust of an abattoir in U.S. history, and a nightmare for kosher meat. It did, however, buoy the start of two different systems for certifying that Jewish ethical laws are carried out in food preparation.
Then, of course, there’s the continued corruption in Israel — and the tragedy in Mumbai. Jews have been hit colossally both on the giving and receiving ends of the economic downturn and the scandals that have sprung from that — and then, of course, the “Obamania” that swept the country, fueled and supported in part by the Great Schlep. And that’s just the top of the barrel. Check out what’s inside.
Pronounced: KOH-sher, Origin: Hebrew, adhering to kashrut, the traditional Jewish dietary laws.