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Amalia
1271771.  Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:57 pm Reply with quote

Jews may not eat pork because it is a land mammal that does not have both of the Kosher signs: Cloven hoof (they have) Chewing the cud (they don't.) However, Jews believe that in the messianic era, pork will become Kosher as the pig will begin to chew it's cud. Basically, messiah comes, G-d gives us bacon. (Source: Midrash, Bereishit Rabbah. Likutei Sichot vol. 12 page 175. Sdei Chemed Klallim 3, 76.)

Interestingly, this does not effect the use of pork derived medical products such as heparin as long as they are not consumed by the mouth. There are two reasons for this:

1) The rules apply to eating. Heparin is injected.
2) To save a life, any commandment may be broken (Rules and exceptions apply.)

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The historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, almost certainly died from eating tainted pork. The texts regarding his death say that he was offered food by a black smith (who would have been low caste, not vegetarian, and likely also a local butcher) and this food was "of pigs." While some interpret this to mean mushrooms, the social status of the person offering the dish and, more importantly, the position the Buddha was in at the time of death indicates otherwise. The Buddha is recorded as dying lying on his right side with his right hand under his head. During the final stages of trichinosis (carried by contaminated pork) severe stomach cramps force most sufferers to lie on their side to relieve the pain.

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Neither Bacon Bits nor Bacon salt contain bacon. Both are in fact certified Kosher and Halal.

 
cornixt
1272483.  Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:17 pm Reply with quote

The majority of hotdogs sold in the US are kosher because they are beef. There is even a brand called Hebrew National, well known for their frankfurters.

 
Alexander Howard
1272572.  Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:38 pm Reply with quote

cornixt wrote:
The majority of hotdogs sold in the US are kosher because they are beef. There is even a brand called Hebrew National, well known for their frankfurters.


I had a Kosher frankfurter in Jerusalem and it tasted exactly like the real thing. The shopkeeper told me it was made of chicken. Presumably he hired a Gentile to test the flavours until he got it right.

There was also a Kosher riff on McDonalds. Hamburgers with kosher beef actually taste better, but there was no milkshake because of the rule amongst the Orthodox about not serving meat and milk.

 

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