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"Is That Kosher?"
Season/Series: 12
Number in season: 1a
Original Airdate: United States October 6, 2008[1]
Canada January 23, 2009[3]
United Kingdom April 7, 2009[2]
Germany November 15, 2012[4]
Written by: Allan Neuwirth
Storyboard by: Robert Yap
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"Is That Kosher?" is the first half of the first episode in the twelfth season of Arthur.


Francine makes a bet with Catherine of fasting through Yom Kippur with her family, but Arthur's pizza party is on the same day.


At the beginning, Francine's family gets ready for the biggest Jewish holiday; Yom Kippur. Catherine makes Francine dust the furniture. She thinks she has it all hard, but Catherine says she has it harder by fasting. Francine thinks she can fast better than Catherine so they make a bet. Then Bubby arrives and greets everyone. After that she takes the feather duster out of Francine's hand.

At school, Muffy is surprised that Francine's family won't drink or eat on Yom Kippur, Arthur mentioning afterwards that his Turkish pen-pal, Adil Akyuz, also fasts an entire month during Ramadan. Arthur gives Francine Adil's e-mail address, which is follow by Buster eating Francine's desert to help her train. At home, Arthur gets a call from Pizza Paula's, saying he is having a pizza party with his friends and they will be taking a picture of everyone eating the pizza. Arthur sends an e-mail to Francine about the pizza party.

Francine is excited, but remembered she made a bet with Catherine with fasting on Saturday. She goes to Bubby and hangs her head. Bubby thinks Francine is sick so she gets a thermometer, but Francine says Arthur is having a pizza party on Yom Kippur and that it is too late to change the date. Catherine tells Francine that she wouldn't be able to fast on Saturday, but Francine tells her that as long as Catherine's not eating, she's not eating.

At the Congregation Sha'aray Shalom, Francine tells Catherine that she is going to be able to fast. Her father compliments her and she sticks her tongue out at Catherine. The next day is Yom Kippur and Francine wakes up not hungry at all, making her think that it is going be easy. But Catherine, who is brushing her hair nearby, gives expressions that relate to food, which Francine simply ignores while stating that she will be able to fast. At the synagogue, her stomach growls and makes Bubby think a dog is in the temple, so the pair goes home.

At home, Francine watches TV, but all the shows have food advertisements. She decides to read, only to find that most of the books have titles relating to food, but Francine finds "Little Dorrit" by Charles Dickens. However, while she reads, the sentences have food listed so the lies back with her stomach growling. Then she e-mails Adil for advice and he says that during Ramadan, he tries not to think about food by visiting friends.

Francine thinks Arthur and his friends are done with the pizza so she visits him for company. It turned out that Arthur had pizza in his hand. Arthur invites Francine in and sees everyone eating pizza. Soon, it was time to take pictures of everyone eating pizza. The camera lady gives a slice of pizza and Francine accidentally devours some of the slice, shocking her friends. As she walks home, Francine imagines Catherine and Bubbie have found out she ate on Yom Kippur, which is represented by little angels with their heads on the sun. She goes disappointingly until she finds Bubbie eating a sandwich in the kitchen, which surprises Francine. Bubby explains that there are certain exceptions to the rule for fasting (like you shouldn't fast if it endangers your health in any way). Bubby also deduces that Francine must have eaten some pizza at Arthur's party after seeing a mushroom stuck to the front of her shirt.

Francine's still disappointed in herself about what happened, but Bubby assures her that it's no big deal—though certainly proud of her granddaughter for trying, she explains that kids like Francine technically aren't required to fast on holidays like Yom Kippur until after they turn 13. Francine then sees Catherine in the kitchen, initially thinking she's eating something, but it turns out that she's making cake for the holiday. While Francine initially expects Catherine to give her grief for not being able to fast, Catherine (like their grandmother) assures Francine that it's not a big deal -- in fact, Catherine reveals that she herself didn't make it through her first fast after she had turned 13.

In the end, no one in Francine's family ends up fasting and the family ends up having pizza for dinner. Bubby, like in the scene where she accuses Francine of failing to fast in the cloud like an angel, says grandfather would be so proud of Francine and Catherine before the end of the episode.







  • Joan Rivers makes her first appearance as Bubby. She later returned in "Grandpa Dave’s Memory Album."
  • When Bubby talks to Francine, she mentions that Francine isn't required to fast until she's 13 years old, meaning that Francine and her family practice Reform Judaism.
  • While Jews fast for a whole day (sundown to sundown) on Yom Kippur, Muslims like Adil fast during the day (sunrise till sundown), every day, during the month of Ramadan.
  • The pizza Mr. and Mrs. Frensky bought seems to have sausage on it. Mixing dairy products (cheese) and meat is not considered kosher. However, not all Jews keep follow the kashrut (the set of Jewish dietary laws). In fact, only about 20% of American Jews actually keep kosher.

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Production notes

  • This is the first episode where Dallas Jokic and Lyle O'Donohoe voice Arthur and The Brain, respectively.
  • This is the first episode to be animated by Animation Services HK instead of AKOM.
  • This is the first episode outside the US to be in 16:9 widescreen and high-definition. However, all airings on PBS and PBS Kids, and all American streaming platforms, would show this episode in pillarboxed 4:3, as with all of seasons 12 through 15.
  • This is the first episode where Pamela Slavin, Michael Hirsh and Carol Greenwald are executive producers.
  • This is the first episode in which Chiara Villar is the production coordinator.


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