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Kazakhstan Says “Jagshemash” to Kosher Dining

Borat is going to have to add one more point of interest to his travel guide to Kazakhstan: The country's first ever kosher restaurant. That’s right, a new kosher restaurant has made its debut as part of Kazakhstan’s grand “Seriously, … Read More

By / April 1, 2008

Borat is going to have to add one more point of interest to his travel guide to Kazakhstan: The country's first ever kosher restaurant. That’s right, a new kosher restaurant has made its debut as part of Kazakhstan’s grand “Seriously, we’re not anti-Semites!” campaign, generated in response to the (apparently false) contrary evidence provided by the Borat movie. Says Ran Ichay, Israeli ambassador to Kazakhstan, “This is the one place in the world where there is no anti-Semitism. It’s not only because of official government policy but also thanks to the natural openness of the people. And this is where Sacha Baron Cohen chose to set Borat! This is the most tolerant country I have ever seen.”

The restaurant’s grand opening was attended by top Kazakh diplomats and Israeli foreign ministers, surely providing a plethora of handshakes and feel-good photo-ops. It just goes to prove: nothing can bring cultures together like a nice pastrami on rye.

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