Biblically Kosher Blog

Seven Refrigerators

Kosher kitchen with two refrigerators

Mendel was making aliyah, so as a new immigrant to Israel, he was allowed to bring household items with him into the country without charge, duty-free. However, appliances that are brought in order to be sold are subject to an import duty (tax).

When Mendel arrived at the port office in Haifa to claim his household goods, the excise officer told him there was a problem.

"Only personal household items are allowed duty-free," the officer said.

"But I have only personal household items. What is the problem?" Mendel asked. » 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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Update: Shipping Soon!

God willing, we will be shipping Biblically Kosher next week. Biblically Kosher is a book that examines in detail what the Bible (both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament) says about food.

Many people say that they keep “biblically kosher” or have a “Leviticus diet” because they avoid eating the unclean animals listed in Leviticus 11. But the Bible actually says much more about what to eat than that. In fact, many of the kosher laws people consider “rabbinic” actually arise naturally from the text itself. » read more

Kosher Symbol Blues

A hechsher is a symbol intended to certify that a product is kosher. Most hechshers are actually trademarked logos belonging to agencies that oversee and approve foods. For example, the letter U inside a circle belongs to the Orthodox Union. If their symbol is on a food product, it indicates that they attest to the kosher status of the product. » read more

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

A Little Confused about the Holidays...

A Whole Foods store in Los Angeles seems a little confused about which holiday goes with what.

Rabbinic Supervision (humor)

Empty plate, hands holding fork and knifeA rabbi was walking down the street when he saw Benny, a member of his synagogue, entering a non-kosher restaurant. Puzzled, he went closer to the restaurant and peeked in the window. "Perhaps he's just going in to ask for directions or use the toilet," the rabbi thought. But sure enough, he watched as Benny was escorted to a table. » 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