Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Is mixing meat and milk allowed by the Torah?

I just wanted to create a clear post on this issue so here it is.

The tradition of not mixing meat and milk stems from the following Torah verses:
CLV Ex 23:19 You shall bring the first of the firstfruits of your ground to the house of Yahuah your God. You shall not cook a kid in the milk of its mother. 
CLV Ex 34:26 The first of the firstfruits of your ground shall you bring to the house of Yahuah your God. You shall not cook a kid in the milk of its mother. 
CLV Dt 14:21 You shall not eat any carcass. You may give it to the sojourner who is within your gates so that he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner, for you are a people holy to Yahuah your God. You shall not cook a kid in the milk of its mother.
And here is the variant reading from the Samaritan Pentateuch that gives the passages the context:
SP Ex 23:19 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the Yahuah thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk, that one doing this as sacrifice forgets and enrages God of Jacob
As you can see, the original Torah reading speaks about sacrifices. So these passages have nothing to do with not eating milk and meat together. The most strict interpretation of the passage would be simply to interpret these verses as a prohibition of cooking a kid in the milk of its mother. However, the most literal interpretation is that we are not to bring a kid cooked in its mother's milk as a sacrifice, it does not mean we can't do it for ourselves or eat it.

And as I have mentioned before on my blog is that Torah explicitly says that Messengers of God ate milk and meat together and it was Abraham who served it to them (Genesis 18:8), even though he was a prophet(Gen 20:7) and he was observing all Torah laws(Genesis 26:5) even though they were not officially given.

And here is the video of my friend who says the same thing pretty much:


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