David Raccah wrote: An epikoyres takes a fair amount of knowledge than you probably have, so you may not want to compliment yourself so fast
I read with great interest your blog on this as you know I am observant. And I find nothing wrong with an occasional posting on an issue that is clearly dear to you and the values you hold dear, even in a wine centric forum.
In fact, although not as well followed, I do a spot on wine on the Nachum Segal's radio show (Americas largest Jewish radio program) each week and I am prone on occasion, to speak of issues dear to me that are not necessarily related to wine. So long as its with respect for alternate views. A great saying to live by is "say what you mean and mean what you say, but don't say it mean".
Two final points on this; First its clear that Tulips willingness to involve this very special community stops short of anything that would seriously compromise the quality of the wine, while at the same time making allowances to involve this group as much as possible.
Its heartening to see that the Rabbinic authorities, (as Tulip's ownership) would refuse to compromise on their standards and values, yet, has, as you mention in your email, made allowances that keeps this group doing 80+% of the tasks previously assigned to this very special group.
Its wonderful to see that in the end the religious and the secular can come together in such a wonderful way on such and important human issue. May this be a microcosm and template for all of us in the Jewish community.
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