With the circles I run in, its halal one day and kosher the next and given the shortage of both in my town that means I spend way too much time in vegetarian restaurants (I keep a bag of beef jerky in the glove box). Its all good. Well, when it comes to cholent sometimes I pull my Baptist privilege card and go for a hot meal. What little kosher I have had in Budapest hasn’t been all that impressive. Drop the “kosher” and the Jewish cooking in Budapest is freaking amazing.
I guess I will have to fly to Tel Aviv and visit, then we both go on to Budapest. Sounds like a good trip. My one visit to Israel was way too short; but exciting as I was “detained by authorities” at the airport and interrogated for an hours in-between stays in a holding room full of terrorists and mother stabbers. Then with a smile out of Fiddler on the Roof; “Welcome to ISRAEL!” WTF!? Well, I know why and sort of glad they are watching that closely. G-d Bless Them.
I hired my first Muslim employee about 10 years ago … the week before the office Christmas party. We do this white elephant thing where you draw a number and you pick what’s in a bag or you can steal a previous gift from someone else and they have to go pick what’s in the bag. Whoever draws first gets to swap what they got in the bag for anything in the room at the end of the game. Well, we use to let the employees bring the gifts in the bag, and they tended to be heavy on the booze and HR department inappropriate whatnots. So, I had the number drawing rigged to ensure the new hire got the first number. That way she could easily get rid of the booze (Muslims don’t drink … right?) or the box of HR Inappropriate late night entertainment support devices or …. ? I was terrified of being sued by my new hire on the first week on the job.
Yes, she ended up with a bottle of scotch, but as planned she was able to swap it away for anything in the room at the end. She grabbed a $100 bottle of tequila and was the happiest person in the party. She has since married a redneck and plays with guns and can tell you the difference between well cured bacon and the crummy stuff. I have come to love her like a daughter over the years. We now have 4 Muslims, 1 Jew, 2 Hindu, 1 Coptic and people representing 7 countries (and we only have 25 employees) so when the lockdown hits I can still travel by calling an office meeting. Moral of the story: hmmmmm, really not sure.