Yoel ben Shlomo – Kosher Creatures & Other Creepy Crawlies

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  1. John M says

    I have really enjoyed all of these Kosher teachings/discussions. They are very helpful and thought provoking. He mentions bee honey, and there are other verses which talk about eating it (Ps. 19:10, Prov 24:13, and S of Songs 4:11). On the other hand, in Lev. 2:11 honey is forbidden as an offering by fire. I just started keeping bees a week ago in a Top Bar hive, so this is very interesting.

  2. Betz says

    So a giraffe does chew its cud and has a split hoof….but apparently….its not slaughtered by kosher butchers because they don’t know where on the neck they should slit the throat. I think I’d feel the same way about that. But I think catching a Giraffe would be just as much a conundrum.

    I thought about Jono’s comment about milk from an unclean animal. It is interesting to consider that our young children consume breast milk when the mother is definitely NOT kosher.

    So maybe we can milk a camel…but I’d have a very hard time considering pigs milk edible. I think I’ll stick with my fresh goat’s milk 🙂

  3. Betz says

    I forgot to ask about wearing Silk. I don’t wear it personally but know allot who love their silk sheets and head coverings.

    Did I miss the topic of locust? I once read a book about how the ancient dessert peoples prepared locust. They would pull off and discard the legs, roast the body, grind to a powder and then bake it like flour. Seems much easier to consume when preparing that way. Just an FYI 🙂

  4. Yoel Ben Shlomo says

    I would like to point out that the word used in the Tanakh is De-vash – דבש -which does not mean bee honey by itself, but any sweet food in general.

  5. Zac says

    -58:45 Not sure how to spell that animal but basically a rabbit. When they say it doesn’t chew the cud they are right that it does not bring back up and chew again what is inside its stomach.

    IT does however eat its poop. So if chewing the cud means chewing what was once already chewed, then yes the rabbit technically DOES chew the cud thus making the Torah again 100% correct.
    I used to raise rabbits, and yes they do sometimes eat their poop if you let them.

  6. Yoel Ben Shlomo says

    Yes, I have heard that, but the term מעלה גרה means to actually bring the cud back up from the first stomach. So no, I do not agree with what you say. This has been a very long debate in the jewish world, and it has not been resolved yet.

  7. Herb says

    Cochineal: You were asking about the bug used for colorant. I believe what you are looking for is cochineal. It is a scale insect that grows on cacti in South America and Mexico. The dye carmine is made from it. Red dye # 4 is made from cochineal.

    You have to be careful here in the US about cochineal in food products. I found it in tropical mixed fruit juice.

  8. Herb says

    Cochineal 2: Crimson is a dye produced from cochineal also.

  9. Mike says

    G’day Jono,

    During the broadcast the question of what Muslims can eat came up. I believe they can’t eat carnivores and pigs. But where I live in Saudi Arabia they are enouraged to eat a big goanna-style desert lizard called variously a ‘thub’ or ‘dabb’. You can check pickies of ’em out on google images.

    Gross eh?

  10. Heidi says

    You mentioned fish gelatin, but what about beef gelatin? We use it to make our own marshmallows and other treats.

  11. Rick Winkler says

    Thanks for the information. I guess that I will have to be more careful with my produce and legumes from now on.

    By the way, if I remember the Torah Pearls episode correctly, you and Nehemia differ on whether the ostrich is kosher.

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