Monday, January 8, 2018

How to slaughter animals?

How does the Torah command to slaughter animals? There do not seem to be any verses dealing with this subject. However, a closer look reveals otherwise.
YLT Dt 12:16  'Only, the blood ye do not eat--on the earth thou dost pour it as water; 
YLT Dt 15:23 Only, its blood thou dost not eat; on the earth thou dost pour it as water.
Some of you are familiar with these verses and as some of you know, Orthodox Jews use these verses to justify "oral torah" its laws of slaughter. Their preposterous argument is that since we are not told how to slaughter the animal, there must've been some "oral torah" which explains this.

Of'course, these verses DO NOT refer to any "oral torah", in fact, if you look closely, you will see that these verses actually explain how to slaughter the animal.

Here is the answer: What do the verses say? We are to pour blood as water on the ground. There is only one way to do it and that is to cut animal's throat. This way the animal's heart keeps beating and pumping blood out of the wound, effectively deblooding the animal so that we do not eat its blood.

For example, some prefer to kill the animals by piercing their heart. This would not deblood the animal, so it is NOT an acceptable way to kill the animal according to the Torah.

This is how simple this is.

This is why it is important to read each passage carefuly, paying attention to every word in it.

There is no "oral torah" and the Written Torah always provide explanation or implication. There is only one truth and therefore only one correct explanation or implication.

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