Before we get into the fun stuff, why not satisfy those cravings? While the average pasty-face white Jew will give you locust eaters the look of a posh British aristocrat looking at some African tribesman, locust happens to be a delicacy in many parts of the Middle East. In fact, the Torah (Lev. 11:22) permits the consumption of certain locusts: “Even these of them you may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind.” Here, the Torah is veering away from its regular trend of prohibiting insect consumption, perhaps realizing the nutritional value of insect consumption (which is the super-food of the future. Stay tuned for a future post about that). Likewise, under Islamic Sharia, eating locusts is also deemed halal. Ironically enough, according to jamejamonline.ir, Saudi Arabians believe they are healthy to eat as well, especially after fast days. What better way to bond primeval enemies than through food.
Hebrew is very unique language. Every word in Hebrew is dense with multiple meanings, facets, and messages, all depending on its context of course. Now, when looking at the various animal sacrifices eaten in the Temple, one that stands out is the Shelamim offering (Lev. 3:7, 11–34). Sharing the same root word in the Hebrew and Arabic words for peace/harmony (SLM), the term Shelamim is unsurprisingly rendered by the KJV bible as “peace offering.” In the Greek Septuagint, the term is rendered by two different Greek nouns. One variation that appears is soterios, meaning “of saving”, and in the Books of Samuel and Kings, the term is rendered as eirenikos (“of peace”). So there you have it; Joe Lieberman shares some deliciously fried locust with the grand Ayatollah Khamenei, and all US-Iranian tensions cool down. How could U.S. intelligence overlook such obvious facts? Do I smell an Illuminati presence stopping this from happening? At any rate, here’s one recipe for your post Tisha Be’av/Yom Kippur/Ramadan dinner.
Honey spiced locust: