JEWS, MUSLIMS FIND COMMON GROUND IN FOOD
NEW YORK — Determining the exact contents of a meal at a restaurant can be stressful for Jews and Muslims who choose to follow their faiths’ dietary restrictions.
Dinner at a friend’s house can be a balancing act between trying to be polite and keeping true to your choices. Travel can test the best of intentions.
Lindsey Blank, who usually observes strict Jewish kosher rules, says she has had her share of those experiences, choosing to be flexible in rare occasions.
Last summer, while visiting Morocco, she was faced with eating an entirely vegetarian dish or consuming halal meat, which conforms to Muslim tradition.
“I ate the meat,” she said, “because I knew it was halal.”
In strict religious terms, Jewish kosher and Muslim halal foods are different from each other.
But they are similar enough to appeal to an interesting mix of consumers.
American Muslims, for example, now make up 16 percent of the market for U.S. kosher food, according to the Mintel Organization, a global supplier of consumer research.