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In-depth discussion of topics related to kashrut, food, and the Bible.

What the Bible really means by "leaven"

Loaf of Bread

Passover is sometimes called the "Festival of Unleavened Bread." Before Passover, we get rid of all of our "leavened" food. In addition to a thorough cleaning of the house, it is customary to do a ceremonial search by candlelight on the night before Passover and to burn any remaining contraband in the morning. » read more

Is eating a pig like eating a lawn chair?

A lawn chair. Not food.
I believe followers of Yeshua should keep kosher. Hey, I wrote a whole book about it! For Jews, I see it as a matter of obligation to their covenant and to their national identity. I also encourage Gentile followers of Yeshua to keep kosher as a matter of spiritual discipline, as an act of worship, and to reap numerous spiritual benefits. But when people keep kosher for the wrong reasons, I feel a need to speak out about it, because I think it undermines the message as a whole.

Educational reasons not to keep kosher

Blackboard that reads: Welcome to Kashrut 101

By now we have looked at a host of reasons why people don’t keep kosher. Some people raise theological concerns. Others find it difficult in other ways to fit it into their religious framework. » read more

Social reasons not to keep kosher

Delicious for Chanukah: Boneless Spiral Ham

So far we have looked at theological, religious, and practical reasons people give not to keep kosher. The most difficult challenge of them all, however, is social. » read more

Practical reasons not to keep kosher

A pig sits on a sleeping man and says, "Why did you eat pork?"

Sorry about the picture. I admit it's a little creepy. :)

Earlier, I posted about the theological and religious reasons people give for not keeping kosher. But when the rubber hits the road, our real reason for not keeping kosher is probably not theological or religious. A kosher eater faces a glut of practical and economic challenges: » read more

Religious reasons not to keep kosher

In my previous post about theological reasons not to keep kosher, I expressed my surprise that the Messianic Jewish world was not so enthusiastic about keeping kosher. I found that the main reasons people cited for why not to keep kosher were theological. However, after digging a little deeper, I would often find that theology was not the main motivator. Often, people provided other religious reasons for not keeping kosher that are not theological exactly but still fall under the category of religious views.

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Theological reasons not to keep kosher

Image of Jesus in bacon grease on a frying pan

Looking at the Messianic Jewish community as a whole, I find quite a variety when it comes to observance. To be honest, I am a little surprised that I don't find people more interested in keeping kosher. Why am I so surprised? There are a couple reasons that come to mind. » read more

Is kosher slaughter inhumane?

happy cowOne common accusation against kosher slaughter is that it is inhumane. It is considered less painful for the animal to be stunned first using any of several methods before slaughtering the animal. Kosher slaughter forbids stunning of the animal first. This is because the animal must die specifically from the loss of blood, it must not be wounded, and its heart must be pumping in order for the blood to drain properly.

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Illegal Grafting

apple tree branchNot only does the Bible instruct concerning livestock, but it also contains instructions about plants as well. One of the most often discussed topics is the mixing of seeds. » read more

The Difference between Biblically Clean and Biblically Kosher

Pastrami Sandwich

Did you know that “Biblically Clean” and “Biblically Kosher” do not mean the same thing? In fact, the Bible never says that we must eat only clean food!

There is a big difference between "clean" and "kosher," and that difference often confuses people. It makes it difficult to understand both the Torah’s food laws and New Testament texts related to food. » read more

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