Meat and Milk

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Why don’t we eat meat and milk together? Is it written in the Torah?

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  1. In Exodus 23:19, 34:26 and Deuteronomy 14:21it is written:  “Do not cook a kid in it’s mother’s milk.”
    The Babylonian Talmud, Chullin 115a states: Why did the Torah repeat the prohibition of meat and milk three times? To teach us that it is forbidden to cook meat and milk together, to eat meat and milk mixtures and to derive benefit from such mixtures. And why did the Torah express all three  prohibitions using the expression “cook”? In order to teach us that it is only forbidden if they are cooked together.

    What is the Rationale for the prohibition?
    It is related to prohibition against eating blood, “do not eat the life with the flesh.”  The mixture contributes to negative character traits.  Pagan’s specifically mixed meat and milk in their rites, we are ordered to distance ourselves from pagan practices.  The pagans used it as a method of improving their crops.  Kid’s were cooked in their mother’s milk as a “magical” formula. It is a moral lesson regarding gratitude to G-d.

    There are also Rabbinical prohibitions:
    Not to eat mixture even if not cooked together, even if cold.
    Not to eat poultry or meat of chayot together with milk
    The obligation to wait after eating meat before eating milk
    Friends should not eat meat and milk at same table without reminder.

    Best wishes from the AskTheRabbi.org Team

  2. In Exodus 23:19, 34:26 and Deuteronomy 14:21it is written:  “Do not cook a kid in it’s mother’s milk.”
    The Babylonian Talmud, Chullin 115a states: Why did the Torah repeat the prohibition of meat and milk three times? To teach us that it is forbidden to cook meat and milk together, to eat meat and milk mixtures and to derive benefit from such mixtures. And why did the Torah express all three  prohibitions using the expression “cook”? In order to teach us that it is only forbidden if they are cooked together.

    What is the Rationale for the prohibition?
    It is related to prohibition against eating blood, “do not eat the life with the flesh.”  The mixture contributes to negative character traits.  Pagan’s specifically mixed meat and milk in their rites, we are ordered to distance ourselves from pagan practices.  The pagans used it as a method of improving their crops.  Kid’s were cooked in their mother’s milk as a “magical” formula. It is a moral lesson regarding gratitude to G-d.

    There are also Rabbinical prohibitions:
    Not to eat mixture even if not cooked together, even if cold.
    Not to eat poultry or meat of chayot together with milk
    The obligation to wait after eating meat before eating milk
    Friends should not eat meat and milk at same table without reminder.

    Best wishes from the AskTheRabbi.org Team

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