ISRAEL - Kosher Pig Meat

Arno Froese

A prominent Orthodox rabbi in Israel said that meat from a genetically cloned pig would be kosher for consumption by Jews, including when eaten with dairy products.

Cherlow is quoted as saying that “cloned meat produced from a pig shall not be defined as prohibited for consumption—including with milk.”

In the interview ahead of a Bar-Ilan University symposium titled “Science and Halacha” featuring a talk by Cherlow, he advocated rabbinic approval of cloned meat “so that people would not starve, to prevent pollution, and to avoid the suffering of animals.”

When the “cell of a pig is used and its genetic material is utilized in the production of food, the cell in fact loses its original identity and therefore cannot be defined as forbidden for consumption,” Cherlow said. “It wouldn’t even be meat, so you can consume it with dairy.”

“Without prophesizing, clearly there will be a major disagreement,” Cherlow said over the consumption of what he called cloned meat. And while “there is merit” in prohibiting this meat, too, “halachic thought should examine the needs of all humanity, not only one’s own case,” he said., 22 March 2018

Arno's commentary

Many of us elderly remember when visiting Israel, guests had to go to another room if coffee was served with milk, for example, after having consumed meat products in the cafeteria. Today it’s not milk but artificial milk, thus acceptable to be consumed with meat products.

We are, of course, aware that this is an issue of interpretation in the Jewish religion and has been observed for millennia by devout Jews. Today, the tendency is to be like all others. Equality of all people; “all are created equal” is the direction the Jews are approaching.

A kosher kitchen requires strict separation of dairy-based foods and meat products. The Scripture used for this religious interpretation is Exodus 23:19b: “Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.” The Tanakh reads, “You shall not boil a kid [goat] in its mother’s milk.” The teaching developed which required one to separate the meat dishes from milk dishes.

Before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, Genesis 18, verses 1-2 read: “And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground.”

Abram knew these were the messengers of God, and invited them to rest and take a meal with him. “And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat” (verse 8). Butter, milk, and meat were consumed by the heavenly host.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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