When Rabbi Jacob was hired to fill the pulpit in a small Southern community, what he saw surprised him to say the least.
It wasn’t that they ate grits, greens, and cornbread. That was fine; it was expected. But he was shocked to see them eating pork in all its varied forms. Even more bizarre, they avoided all kinds of waterfowl. The very idea of consuming duck and goose was regarded with contempt and loathing.
He asked how this could be, and they drawled their answer...
“According to the Torah, we are prohibited from eating the flesh of the swan!”