by Maya Gottfried

For Any Jew Who Doesn’t Feel Kosher Enough

Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher, a book for children 4 to 8, opens with Baxter learning about the joys of Shabbat but hearing that — being a non-kosher animal — he cannot participate. After gorging on kosher pickles, downing five loaves of raisin challah and trying to pass for a cow, he meets a generous woman rabbi who tells him, that “everyone is welcome at Shabbat dinner.” The book closes with the pair enjoying the meal together.

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