Eric Mechoulan is a professor of history and geography in Paris. He doesn’t eat meat.
Insects may be welcome on European plates, but not kosher meat.
Countries across Europe are cracking down on ritual slaughter, making the position of observant Jews and Muslims there more tenuous. Is concern for animals really the motivating factor?
Jews never invented the study or writing of “history,” but they did invent the idea of a beginning and an end for mankind as a whole.
A brief history of Jewish history-writing reveals an abundance of partial and competing narratives, all too often missing a key ingredient.