What is Kosher? Are halal and kosher the same thing?

Many meats are labeled halal, which makes them okay for Muslims to consume, and many Muslims rely on kosher certification to inform them that meat is halal, but halal does not equal kosher. Here’s why:

● All kosher meat must be slaughtered by a G‑d-fearing Jew who is trained in the art of shechitah (ritual slaughter) (read more).

● That’s right, shechitah is an art, with very specific regulations laid out in the Talmud and the codes of Jewish law. Even the slightest wrong move and the animal is treif, forbidden (read more).

● Kosher slaughter must be done with a special knife, called a chalef, which is sharpened to perfection, ensuring a smooth and seamless cut (read more).

● Kosher animals undergo a rigorous post-mortem inspection to determine that they were fit and healthy up until the moment of slaughter. This process is called bedikah (read more).

● There are certain parts of animals that Jews are forbidden to eat. These parts must be removed in a process known as nikur (read more).

● Kosher meat is salted (or koshered), a procedure that removes all blood from the meat (read more).

● Kosher meat is produced under the watchful eye of a mashgiach, a supervisor who verifies that everything conforms to Jewish law. Kosher supervision and certification also ensure that nothing non-kosher has been added to the product (read more).

● Kosher food must be processed on equipment that does not contain the slightest trace of non-kosher food (read more).

Read What Is Kosher? to familiarize yourself with this crucial part of Jewish life and tradition.

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  1. All kosher meat must be slaughtered by a G‑d-fearing Jew………………

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    WHAT IS THE JEWISH TALMUD
    The Talmud is the basic book of Judaism. Encyclopedia Britannica states that the Hebrew term “Talmud” refers to a compilation of ancient teachings regarded as sacred by Jews from the time it was compiled until modern times and still regarded so by religious Jews.[1]

    In the words of Rabbi Dr. Jacob Neusner, it is:

    “the foundation-document of Judaism” [2]

    THE BABYLONIAN AND PALESTINIAN TALMUDS
    There are two versions of the Talmud. The Anti-Defamation League states,

    “There are two editions of the Talmud; one was composed by Babylonian Jews and one by Jews who lived in ancient Jerusalem. Generally a citation from the Talmud refers to the Babylonian version, which is considered authoritative. The Jerusalem Talmud is not generally taught in even the most Orthodox Jewish schools today, though advanced Talmud scholars sometimes study it.” [3]

    Professor Shanak explains it further:
    “Basically, the Talmud consists of two parts. First, the Mishnah – a terse legal code consisting of six volumes, each subdivided into several tractates, written in Hebrew, redacted in Palestine around AD 200 out of the much more extensive (and largely oral) legal material composed during the preceding two centuries. The second and by far predominant part is the Gemarah – a voluminous record of discussions on and around the Mishnah. There are two, roughly parallel, sets of Gemarah, one composed in Mesopotamia (‘Babylon’) between about AD 200 and 500, the other in Palestine between about AD 200 and some unknown date long before 500. The Babylonian Talmud (that is, the Mishnah plus the Mesopotamian Gemarah) is much more extensive and better arranged than the Palestinian, and it alone is regarded as definitive and authoritative. The Jerusalem (Palestinian) Talmud is accorded a decidedly lower status as a legal authority, along with a number of compilations, known collectively as the ‘talmudic literature’, containing material which the editors of the two Talmuds had left out.” [4]

    Another author confirms that the Babylonian Talmud is regarded as the authoritative version as well,

    “The authority of the Babylonian Talmud is also greater than that of the Jerusalem Talmud. In cases of doubt the former is decisive.” [5]

    AUTHORS OF THE TALMUDS
    According to Talmud scholars, the Talmud is the written form of the teachings of the Pharisees. So who were the “Pharisees”? The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia states under the subject of “Pharisees,”
    “The Jewish religion as it is today traces its descent, without a break, through all the centuries, from the Pharisees. Their leading ideas and methods found expression in a literature of enormous extent, of which a very great deal is still in existence. The Talmud is the largest and most important single piece of that literature … and the study of it is essential for any real understanding of Pharisaism.”

    Concerning the Pharisees, the 1905 edition of the Jewish Encyclopedia says under the subject of “Pharisees”:

    “With the destruction of the Temple (70 A.D.) the Sadducees disappeared altogether, leaving the regulation of all Jewish affairs in the hands of the Pharisees. Henceforth, Jewish life was regulated by the Pharisees; the whole history of Judaism was reconstructed from the Pharisaic point of view, and a new aspect was given to the Sanhedrin of the past. A new chain of tradition supplanted the older priestly tradition (Abot 1:1). Pharisaism shaped the character of Judaism and the life and thought of the Jew for all the future.”

    Rabbi Michael Rodkinson states,
    “Is the literature that Jesus was familiar with in his early years yet in existence in the world? Is it possible for us to get at it? Can we ourselves review the ideas, the statements, the modes of reasoning and thinking, on moral and religious subjects, which were current in his time, and must have been [resolved] by him during those silent thirty years when he was pondering his future mission? To such inquiries, the learned class of Jewish rabbis answers – by holding up the Talmud. Here, say they, is the source from whence Jesus of Nazareth drew the teaching which enabled him to revolutionize the world; and the question becomes, therefore, an interesting one to every Christian, What is the Talmud? …The Talmud, then, is the written form of that which, in the time of Jesus, was called the Traditions of the Elders, and to which he makes frequent allusions.” [6]

    Rabbi Dr. Louis Finkelstein, Instructor of Talmud, and later president of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, writes:

    “Pharisaism became Talmudism, Talmudism became Medieval Rabbinism, and Medieval Rabbinism became Modern Rabbinism. But throughout these changes of name, inevitable adaptation of custom, and adjustment of Law, the spirit of the ancient Pharisee survives unaltered. When the Jew reads his prayers, he is reciting formulae prepared by pre-Maccabean scholars; when he dons the cloak prescribed for the Day of Atonement and Passover Eve, he is wearing the festival garment of ancient Jerusalem; when he studies the Talmud, he is actually repeating the arguments used in the Palestinian academies.” [7]

    Jesus strongly denounced this very sect of Jewish Pharisees:
    John 8:44

    “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

    In addition, Jesus said that they nullified all the Commandments of God by their Tradition, “teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Mark 7:13; Matthew. 15:6-9, etc.). His invective, in truth, cannot be equalled. All of Matthew 23 is like a whiplash. He likened Pharisaism to a white sepulcher, indeed beautiful outwardly, but “inside full of dead men’s bones and of all uncleanness.” Jesus climaxed one condemnation after another with the expletive, “Hypocrites!” He called the Pharisees children of them that killed the Prophets. He foretold they would go on killing, crucifying and persecuting until the guilt for all the righteous blood shed from Abel on down would be upon them.

    “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” Jesus asked.

    FOOTNOTES:
    [1]“Talmud and Midrash.” Encyclopædia Britannica. 2006.
    [2]Jacob Neusner, How the Talmud Works (Boston: Brill, 2002) ix
    [3]Anti-Defamation League, The Talmud in Anti-Semitic Polemics, February 2003, (http://www.adl.org/presrele/asus%5F12/the_talmud.pdf)
    [4]Professor Israel Shahak, Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years (Boulder: Pluto Press, 1994) ch. 3.
    [5]R.C. Musaph-Andriesse, From Torah to Kabbalah: A Basic Introduction to the Writings of Judaism, p. 40).
    [6]Rabbi Michael Rodkinson, The History of the Talmud, Vol. II, page 70.
    [7]Rabbi Dr. Louis Finkelstein, The Pharisees: The Sociological Background of Their Faith, page xxi,

    THE CHILD-RAPE ASSEMBLY LINE
    In Ritual Bathhouses of the Jewish Orthodoxy, Children Are Systematically Abused
    By Christopher Ketcham Nov 12 2013

    Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg, the lone whistleblower among the Satmar, a powerful Hasidic sect, who recently was the victim of a bleach attack in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
    Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg—who is 63 with a long, graying beard—recently sat down with me to explain what he described as a “child-rape assembly line” among sects of fundamentalist Jews. He cleared his throat. “I’m going to be graphic,” he said.

    A member of Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidim fundamentalist branch of Orthodox Judaism, Nuchem designs and repairs mikvahs in compliance with Torah Law. The mikvah is a ritual Jewish bathhouse used for purification. Devout Jews are required to cleanse themselves in the mikvah on a variety of occasions: Women must visit following menstruation, and men have to make an appearance before the High Holidays, such as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Many of the devout also purify themselves before and after the act of sex and before the Sabbath.

    On a visit to Jerusalem in 2005, Rabbi Rosenberg entered into a mikvah in one of the holiest neighborhoods in the city, Mea She’arim. “I opened a door that entered into a schvitz,” he told me. “Vapors everywhere, I can barely see. My eyes adjust, and I see an old man, my age, long white beard, a holy-looking man, sitting in the vapors. On his lap, facing away from him, is a boy, maybe seven years old. And the old man is having anal sex with this boy.”

    Rabbi Rosenberg paused, gathered himself, and went on: “This boy was speared on the man like an animal, like a pig, and the boy was saying nothing. But on his face—fear. The old man [looked at me] without any fear, as if this was common practice. He didn’t stop. I was so angry, I confronted him. He removed the boy from his penis, and I took the boy aside. I told this man, ‘It’s a sin before God, a mishkovzucher. What are you doing to this boy’s soul? You’re destroying this boy!’ He had a sponge on a stick to clean his back, and he hit me across the face with it. ‘How dare you interrupt me!’ he said. I had heard of these things for a long time, but now I had seen.”

    The child sex abuse crisis in ultra-Orthodox Judaism, like that in the Catholic Church, has produced its share of shocking headlines in recent years. In New York, and in the prominent Orthodox communities of Israel and London, allegations of child molestation and rape have been rampant. The alleged abusers are schoolteachers, rabbis, fathers, uncles—figures of male authority. The victims, like those of Catholic priests, are mostly boys. Rabbi Rosenberg believes around half of young males in Brooklyn’s Hasidic community—the largest in the United States and one of the largest in the world—have been victims of sexual assault perpetrated by their elders. Ben Hirsch, director of Survivors for Justice, a Brooklyn organization that advocates for Orthodox sex abuse victims, thinks the real number is higher. “From anecdotal evidence, we’re looking at over 50 percent. It has almost become a rite of passage.”

    Ultra-Orthodox Jews who speak out about these abuses are ruined and condemned to exile by their own community. Dr. Amy Neustein, a non-fundamentalist Orthodox Jewish sociologist and editor of Tempest in the Temple: Jewish Communities and Child Sex Scandals, told me the story of a series of Hasidic mothers in Brooklyn she got to know who complained that their children were being preyed on by their husbands.
    In these cases, the accused men “very quickly and effectively engage the rabbis, the Orthodox politicians, and powerful Orthodox rabbis who donate handsomely to political clubs.” The goal, she told me, is “to excise the mother from the child’s life.” Rabbinical courts cast the mothers aside, and the effects are permanent. The mother is “amputated.” One woman befriended by Dr. Neustein, a music student at a college outside New York, lost contact with all six of her children, including an infant she was breastfeeding at the time of their separation.

  2. GOD SENT HIS LAWS ACCORDING TO THE PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENT OF SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGY.
    God sent His laws to Prophet Moses about 3000 years ago. Can you imagine how did people life look like? Very very primitive life without Science and technoogy.

    Thousand years later Jesus came and tell to people that God Allowed people to eat pork. At time of Jesus people lived much better.

    After 600 years later, prophet Muhammad adapted Moses teaching instead of Jesus teaching—I do not know why dud it.

    In modern time I believe that lawful or unlawful of food shoukd be tested by the expert of health,. If the Government say this food is good for health is lawful to eat— if government say this food will harm people health, that food is unlawful to eat.

    Million people eat pork to day, they are healthy. So Nuslim can eat pork as long as not to much.

    Islam us not a religion of dogmatic but logical.
    All love ❤️

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