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I go to a large public high school. There are few Jewish students, and only a handful of them observe anything Jewish. I keep kosher. Lately, unkosher chicken wings are being served at our sports team gatherings. I don't want to be left out of the group. My teammates refuse to skip eating the chicken, claiming it is important for team bonding and ridiculing me when I don't join them. How can I get over this and still keep kosher without being left out?
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OS 240 Can one food be more non-kosher than another? Last week, a friend's family who eats a lot of pork and beef invited me over for dinner. They spent a great deal of time avoiding all pork products just for me. However, they didn't realize that I don't eat shellfish. I didn't have the heart to tell them, since they were being so kind to me, so I ate the food. My question is, is for example shrimp worse than non-koshered chicken, or is it just all or nothing?
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