Writing funny is hard. Writing funny about a subject people take very seriously is something I am rarely brave enough attempt. But Barbara Ruskoff is a bold writer. She has one of the most eclectic set of credits of any of our contributors; she’s interviewed MC Hammer and written contribtions to books ranging from Before the Mortgage to Matzo Balls for Breakfast and A Girl’s Guide to Taking Over the World. So if you’ve ever wondered why people keep Kosher, and what it means, Barbara’s essay “Kosher. Or Not.” will answer all your questions. Or not. But it will certainly make you laugh.