Kosher

Leviticus 17:10-16

19 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “‘And any man from the house of Israel, or from the aliens who sojourn among them, who eats any blood, I will set My face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.’ Therefore I said to the sons of Israel, ‘No person among you may eat blood, […]

Kosher

Leviticus 11

19 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “The LORD spoke again to Moses and to Aaron, saying to them, ‘Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, “These are the creatures which you may eat from all the animals that are on the earth. Whatever divides a hoof, thus making split hoofs, and chews the cud, among the animals, that you may eat. Nevertheless, you are not to eat of these, among those which chew the cud, or among those which divide the hoof: the camel, for though it chews cud, it does not divide the hoof, it is unclean to you. […]

Genesis

Genesis 9:2-4

19 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.” All readers of Genesis 9:2-4 can agree that included within the post-Flood instructions to Noah […]

Genesis

Genesis 7:1-2

19 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “Then the LORD said to Noah, ‘Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time. You shall take with you of every clean animal by sevens, a male and his female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and his female.’” In the account of Noah’s Flood, it is obviously important to recognize the righteousness of Noah and his family (Genesis 7:1), which caused them to be saved from the impending disaster. In his construction of the […]

Genesis

Genesis 2:16-17

19 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “The LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.’” In the discussion surrounding the kosher dietary laws of the Torah, it cannot be overlooked that the first instruction given by God to human beings actually did pertain to not eating something. There is a significance to the opening word, v’yetzav Adonai Elohim al-ha’adam, “And Hashem God commanded the […]

Genesis

Genesis 1:29-30

19 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “Then God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food’; and it was so.” From the very start of Creation in the Book of Genesis, instruction about what to, and what not to eat, is […]

Kosher

Is Eating Kosher Really Healthier?

12 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper It should not be a great surprise to anyone studying or evaluating the kosher dietary laws, principally contained in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, that the question “Is eating kosher really healthier?” is something commonly asked. There is little doubting how the Hebrew Scriptures are materialistic, in the sense that normal human activities like eating or drinking, are not to be looked down upon or spurned. The advice of Ecclesiastes 9:7 is, “eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has […]

Jewish Tradition

Biblically Kosher? Rabbinic Kosher?

12 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

There is little doubting that within the broad Messianic community, there can be huge debates over the application of the Torah’s dietary laws. Most frequently, as has been our family’s experience, the perspectives surrounding kashrut have been too quickly polarized into the realms of those who keep “Biblically kosher,” versus those who keep “Rabbinic kosher.” Those who keep “Biblically kosher,” are those who often have eliminated pork and shellfish from their diet, but at the same time will often buy commercially processed meat at the supermarket, will not look for a hechsher or approved Jewish seal on many food products, […]

Jewish Tradition

A Summarization of Jewish Kosher Traditions

12 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper To most outsiders who encounter the Messianic Jewish movement, when hearing something about kosher or kashrut, what they mostly think about are instructions within the Torah or Law of Moses which prohibit the consumption of unclean meats such as pork or shellfish. Much of the Messianic community has promoted what it considers to be “Biblically kosher,” which primarily begins and ends at not eating pork and shellfish. In traditional Judaism, however, what it means to be kosher is much more involved than observant Jews not eating certain meats […]

Jewish Tradition

Being Realistic About Kosher

8 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 08 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper The subject matter of the kosher dietary laws is one which, I have to admit, tends to bring about a wide degree of personal consternation within me when I see it discussed. I do not think that when the issue kashrut being valid for God’s people in the post-resurrection era is brought up by contemporary Messianics, it tends to be addressed that well. There are many passages of the Apostolic Scriptures or New Testament which remain quantitatively ignored by those of the pro-kosher side, or are at least addressed in […]

FAQ

Unclean Things, Eating

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 06 NOVEMBER, 2006 Are there any instances where it is acceptable to eat unclean meats? If as a Messianic Believer you are committed to follow the kosher dietary laws, you have to keep in mind that we do interact with others who eat unclean things on a regular basis. Most significant among those who eat unclean things are our fellow Christian brothers and sisters, and notably among those our close family and friends. We have to understand that what a person eats is at most secondary to the way a person acts. If in our observance of the kosher […]

FAQ

Smoking, Tobacco

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 12 SEPTEMBER, 2014 Would it be actually unkosher, and not just unhealthy, to smoke tobacco? The tobacco plant was unknown to the authors of Holy Scripture, given the fact that it grew in the Western Hemisphere. Tobacco was thusly also unknown to the Christian world until the discovery of the Americas in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries. It is obvious throughout history since, though, that not only have Christians (including many Christian leaders and theologians of note), but Jews (including many Jewish rabbis and thinkers) the world over, have been avid smokers of pipes, cigars, and cigarettes. Many Christians […]

FAQ

Public Restaurants, Kosher

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 SEPTEMBER, 2014 Do Messianic people who keep kosher eat out at public restaurants? Among kosher-friendly Messianic people, there is obviously a wide array of interpretation, application, and implementation of the dietary laws present. There are some who follow a Conservative to Orthodox Jewish approach to kashrut, and thusly would be inclined to either only eat at kosher-approved restaurants, vegetarian restaurants, or only eat cold salads at public restaurants that serve non-kosher meats. Yet, given the fact that the majority of kosher-friendly Messianic people mainly eat a kosher-style of diet, avoiding pork and shellfish and non-kosher fish, many of […]

FAQ

Mark 7

26 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 01 FEBRUARY, 2015 What does it mean that “Jesus declared all foods clean”? Does this mean that the kosher dietary laws were abolished by the Messiah? I am confused. This entry has been reproduced from the entry appearing in the Messianic Kosher Helper “The Pharisees and some of the scribes gathered around Him when they had come from Jerusalem, and had seen that some of His disciples were eating their bread with impure hands, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they carefully wash their hands, thus observing the traditions of the […]

FAQ

Illegal Drugs (Kosher)

15 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 SEPTEMBER, 2014 What is the correct approach, either informed from the Torah or kosher traditions, regarding drugs like marijuana, cocaine, and heroin? I realize that these drugs are dangerous and illegal, but how should Messianic people think about them? Neither the Torah nor Bible as a whole tend to say a great deal about what are often classified as either illegal narcotics or so-called recreational drugs, widely used today by addicts.[1] This does not mean, however, that appropriate ethics regarding narcotics cannot be derived or deduced from Scripture. Most rabbis, pastors, theologians, scholars, leaders and lay leaders, would […]

FAQ

Hunting

15 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 SEPTEMBER, 2014 Is it at all acceptable to hunt for game, given the Torah’s regulations about animal blood? It is obvious that throughout human history, ancient peoples, including many in Ancient Israel, had to hunt wild game in order to survive. The scene of Genesis ch. 27, and in Jacob usurping his brother’s birthright, involves Esau going out to the field with his bow and hunting for wild game for Isaac to eat. There is some kind of hunting for wild game or fowl mentioned in Leviticus 17:13: “So when any man from the sons of Israel, or […]

FAQ

Halal Meat (Islam)

10 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 SEPTEMBER, 2014 What do you think about Messianic people eating Islamic halal meat? Is this something acceptable, or is it tantamount to eating meat sacrificed to idols? The issue of halal products, those deemed fit for consumption by Muslims according to Islamic custom and tradition, is one which has become somewhat controversial in the post-9/11 world, with an unfair amount of prejudices displayed toward various processed meats or packaged foods which have been certified as “halal.” Some of the same prejudices have been displayed, in past history, toward processed meats or packaged foods which have been certified as […]

FAQ

Good Fish, Bad Fish (Kosher)

9 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 17 NOVEMBER, 2014 I have been reading through your Messianic Kosher Helper, and was surprised that among all of the Bible passages addressed, I did not see Yeshua’s parable about the good fish and bad fish mentioned. Do you not think that this is a description of kosher and non-kosher fish being separated out? The Messianic Kosher Helper (Richardson, TX: TNN Press, 2014) presently stands at 674 pages, and while there are many Bible passages surrounding the issues of eating and kosher addressed, from both the Tanach and Apostolic Scriptures, it is very true that Matthew 13:47-50 is not […]

FAQ

Glatt Kosher

8 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 1

POSTED 12 SEPTEMBER, 2014 What is “glatt kosher”? There are many well-known Jewish interpretations, applications, and traditions associated with the Torah’s dietary laws—ranging from the traditional method of animal slaughter or shechitah, to the separation of meat and dairy, to what is parve, and even to various ethical or homeletical approaches to kosher involving treatment of animals or the environment.[1] Glatt kosher is a highly rigorous application of the Torah’s dietary laws, which not only requires that animals be slaughtered in a particular manner according to the rules of shechitah, but also that the lungs of the animal be entirely […]

FAQ

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), Kosher

7 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 1

POSTED 12 SEPTEMBER, 2014 How am I to approach the whole issue of genetically modified foods? Are they kosher? Many people in my Messianic congregation only eat foods that are certified “organic.” The specific issue, of Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs, is one which far too few people have even been informed about. There are scientific, economic, political, but most especially ethical factors, regarding the presence of GMOs in the commercial food supply. Some GMOs are relatively simple scientific modifications of various fruits and vegetables, which would tend to cross different strains of DNA from the same species of plant, […]

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