Rabbi Mendel Jacobs, the only Scottish-born Rabbi living in Scotland, has unveiled the world’s first kosher tartan, but what makes a kilt kosher? The kosher material is made entirely from wool, in adherence to a Jewish law that forbids mixing certain fibres, such as wool and Teflon. Apparently, the design too is strictly Jewish. Both the Scottish and Israeli national flags are blue and white. A gold thread in the fabric represents the gold from the ark in the biblical tabernacle. The tartan also has silver in it, that adorns the Scroll of the Law and the red of the traditional Kiddush wine drunk on Jewish holidays. (Thanks Katie Grant of the ‘I’ newspaper). Err, excuse me, a kosher kilt…why bother? Well according to Rabbi Jacobs, historically, Scotland represents a ‘safe haven’ for Jews that definitely did not exists in England in the Middle Ages…murder, mayhem and eventual exile! No doubt the Scottish people felt an affinity towards the Jews, having themselves been subjugated by English kings for so long? It is only a pity Kosher kilts didn’t exist in 1297, when the erudite William Wallace beat the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, for he might well have worn one!