Does Canadian kosher meat really need to cost so much?

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Last week’s episode of Bonjour Chai, about the state and ethics of kosher food, drummed up a lot of responses from our listeners—so many, in fact, we decided to run a spiritual sequel of sorts this week.

Montreal’s Vaad Ha’ir, the organization responsible for MK kosher supervision, launched a new initiative justifying the high cost of kosher meat in the city. But Avi wasn’t impressed by what he saw as propaganda, as he noticed inconsistencies and assumptions in their argument’s details. To better understand the whole story, he decided to bring in Steven Lapidus, a professor at Concordia University and expert in Montreal’s kosher scene.

Plus, in response to a reader’s question about Jewish hot spots to visit in Montreal, we’re launching a summer travel series. This week, all three hosts share their insider tips as to the best places to eat and explore in the city.

What we talked about

Bonjour Chai is hosted by Avi Finegold, Ilana Zackon and David Sklar. Michael Fraiman is the producer. Andre Goulet is the technical producer. Our theme music is by Socalled. The show is a co-production from The Jewish Learning Lab and The CJN, and is distributed by The CJN Podcast Network. To learn how to support the show by subscribing to this podcast, please watch this video.