Saturday, December 10, 2005

Questions That Rabbis Don't Like

Why don't we eat chicken during the nine days?

We don't eat meat during the nine days because meat (red meat) is considered simcha ( joy).

Chicken is considered meat by the rabbis only because they wanted to prevent confusion over eating meat and milk together. Lest someone get confused and say that meat and milk is permissable because chicken and meat is permissable, they put chicken in the same category as meat in regards to the eating of meat and milk together.

However, the aspect of meat that makes it prohibited during the nine days is simcha, a quality that chicken does not posess. Therefore it makes no sense that chicken should be prohibited during the nine days.

4 comments:

FrumGirl said...

One word: tradition!

The Jewish Freak said...

"One word: Tradition!"

I'm not sure if you are serious or sarcastic. - JF

Mitch said...

Assumning the God himself wrote the Torah (which is total bs, it was written by men) all "he" meant was not to cook a lamb in its moms milk. It's all tradition and conditioning. Judaism is not a religion. Orthodox Judaism is a lifestyle totally unrelated to any type of religious committment

The Jewish Freak said...

Mitch: Interesting comment, please elaborate.