Thursday, February 28, 2008

Joe Lieberman ate treif at Buckley's house?

or do you think that he brought his own food?
My wife and I had the privilege of spending wonderful evenings with him and his late wife, Patricia, at their home in Stamford, Connecticut. These were classic evenings of great food, some drink, and good, spirited conversation - cigar and brandy to follow - but always open to ideas and always with a ready willingness to laugh.

4 Comments:

Blogger -suitepotato- said...

It doesn't say what the food was and WFB may have considered JL's restrictions or JL might have just simply avoided out and out treif like pork to be nice and friendly.

That's between him and G-d as far as I'm concerned.

February 28, 2008 2:22 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

suitepotato, I'm just poking fun at him - I doubt that Lieberman was eating treif at WFB's house...

February 28, 2008 2:49 PM  
Blogger -suitepotato- said...

This reminds me of seeing Robin Hood: Men in Tights the other night. When Robin tossed the wild boar down on the table, Richard Lewis just turns away and says a one word one liner almost under his breath, "treif!" It's a nice little in-joke that was sheer wit and as I recall it at the theater way back, some got it and chuckled, others didn't get it at all.

February 29, 2008 12:14 PM  
Anonymous resh lakish said...

In some ways, Lieberman is a throw-back to an older form of (pre-RYBS?) MO; committed to practice, but his practice is not so much textually-based, and therefore a bit lax from a strictly halachic perspective. Kashrut is an area where this comes to the fore – in the days before there were copious restaurants under hechsher, a lot of people would eat milchigs out and still consider themselves MOs in good standing. To a lesser extent, this phenomenon exists in a lot of communities outside the US (and out-of-town US communities).

A good example of this is the book “This is My God” by Herman Wouk – probably the classic MO layman’s apologia. In it (I think it may have been in the dedication section) he praises the understanding of non-Jewish or non-frum friends and work collaborators “whose meat I wouldn’t eat” – suggesting that he would eat their food except for the meat.

March 02, 2008 10:04 AM  

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