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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


Gelatin, Kosher

7 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 SEPTEMBER, 2014 Is gelatin considered to be kosher? I have seen some people say that it is, and others that gelatin has to be kosher-certified. There is divergence between Orthodox and Conservative Jewish authorities regarding whether or not all gelatin may be regarded as kosher. Orthodox Jewish authorities have ruled that gelatin must be produced from kosher animals. Conservative Jewish authorities, in contrast, have ruled that the process of extracting gelatin, be it from kosher or non-kosher animals, is so rigorous that it renders the gelatin a neutral substance. Yacov Lipschutz summarizes the Orthodox Jewish position regarding gelatin […]


Fruits and Vegetables, Kosher

6 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 SEPTEMBER, 2014 What are some important guidelines regarding what fruits and vegetables may be considered kosher? Notwithstanding instructions such as Deuteronomy 22:9, “You shall not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seed, or all the produce of the seed which you have sown and the increase of the vineyard will become defiled,” there is very little that the Torah, in general, has to say regarding kosher fruits and vegetables. The original instruction given to Adam and Eve in Genesis 1:29 stipulates, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all […]


Dietary Laws, Kosher

24 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 16 NOVEMBER, 2006 Do you believe that the dietary commandments of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 are still applicable to Believers? Messianic Believers think that in obedience to God we should follow the Biblical dietary commandments that He has laid out in His Word—and that they were not annulled by Yeshua the Messiah or the Apostles, nor in the vision of the Apostle Peter in Acts 10. Although eating kosher is not an issue of salvation, it is an area of belief where the Messianic movement does run contrary to the position of mainstream Christianity. For a further study […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Genesis 9:3-7: Why Meat?

29 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

originally posted 01 February, 2009 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper GENESIS 9:3-7 – ENGLISH 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. Surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man. As for […]

Books & Studies

Kashrut: Kosher for Messianic Believers

3 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

Today’s Messianic community widely believes and advocates that our Heavenly Father is  restoring the significance of kashrut or the kosher dietary laws, chiefly found in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, to all of His people. Messianic Believers, in desiring to see themselves fully consecrated to the Lord, find a great deal of not only blessing but also critical focus, in how the Creator God desires His own to consecrate their eating unto Him. Far too many of not only our Christian comrades, but even Messianic Believers’ Jewish brethren, have not understood how the hallowing of something as seemingly mundane as […]


Today’s Believers and Kosher

2 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

In a short video podcast entitled “Should Christians Keep the Dietary Laws?” renowned apologist Michael L. Brown demonstrates a broad pessimism to the Bible’s instructions of clean and unclean, even though he is not against people considering them for reasons such as their diet or health. While the issue of the kosher dietary laws is not one where our faith in Israel’s Messiah rises and falls, there are many Messianic Believers today who affirm their continued validity and relevance for the post-resurrection era. Using Brown’s video podcast as a springboard, Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee considers a number of Bible […]

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