[Avodah] Fwd: artificial meat

Eli Turkel via Avodah avodah at lists.aishdas.org
Fri Jul 24 07:09:05 PDT 2015

Technological advances are bringing us to ask a pressing question: Does
Judaism consider meat created in a laboratory to be kosher? Does Jewish law
even consider it to be meat?The question takes on particular significance
now, during the nine days, the traditional period of mourning that precedes
Tisha B'Av when observant Jews abstain from meat. (Well, theoretical
significance, at least – the world's first lab-grown hamburger, created in
2013, cost a cool $325,000
<http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.540495>and it's
not exactly available at your neighborhood grocery store yet.)Some kashrut
experts are ready to rule the burger kosher, and not only that, parve,
reported Ynet reporter Koby Nachshoni
<http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4683030,00.html>– meaning
observant Jews, who won't eat milk and meat together, can eat their
test-tube burger topped with cheese. Furthermore, the halachic authorities
with whom Nachshon consulted even said this would apply to test-tube pork –
so make that a bacon cheeseburger.But, no surprise here, not everyone
agrees about that.Chabad addressed the issue
too, noting that there are precedents for test-tube meat in the ancient
Jewish sources.



Eli Turkel

Eli Turkel
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