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Surfer X wondered: why is there a kosher stamp on dog food? Even so, there are no ultra-Orthodox who raise pets


The dog, part of the family. The Jewish one too. Image:
The dog, part of the family. The Jewish one too. Image:

Why do you think there are no Haredim who raise pets? Caring for pets meets a deep psychological need shared by many and religious Jews are no exception. Along with prohibitions and condemnations, there is a lot of halachic preoccupation with practical questions concerning the raising of animals that are not farm or work animals, evidence that observant Jews have nurtured pets since time immemorial. Although the dog is not popular in our sources and is mentioned mainly in insulting contexts such as "You shall not bring a harlot and the price of a dog to the house of the Lord your God because the Lord your God is an abomination, both of them" (Deuteronomy chapter XNUMX) but our ancestors found substitutes. 

The first pet (if we ignore Balaam's death) is the shepherd's sheep that the prophet gave to King David, an animal that receives care reminiscent of the family poodle of our day "and the shepherd has nothing, because the mother is a small sheep that he bought, and she lived, and it grew with him and with- His sons united; From his mouth you will eat and from his cup you will drink, and in his lap you will lie down, and you will be his daughter. (XNUMX Samuel chapter XNUMX). King Solomon, as required by his position, was not satisfied with kittens from animal cruelty, he imported exotic animals "Once in three years I will come, I will be thirty, carrying gold and silver, elephants and monkeys, and turkeys..." (Kings XNUMX, chapter XNUMX). Although dogs were not considered pets, nevertheless a study of the sources reveals that the abhorrence of dogs was not sweeping. From one particularly bizarre story, we can learn that our ancestors also brought dogs into the house. The Gemara in tractate Yavmoth tells of a maiden who lost her virginity while she bent down to wash the floor and a dog carried out his plot on her. Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi took into account the (very) special circumstances of the case and allowed her to marry a priest (who is supposed to marry a kosher virgin). A guard dog or herding dog should not be inside the house, so it is likely that the mischievous dog was a pet (at least until the unfortunate incident). Tractate Taromot in the Jerusalem Talmud tells of a rabbi who stayed at a man's house and was offended to find a dog sitting next to him. The host explains, "Rabbi, I am paying him a favor." Bandits came to the city, one of them entered and asked to take my wife and the dog ate his eggs."

Scattered in the sources are also less spicy stories that teach about an emotional bond between Jews and their dogs, for example the Midrash book (Pasikta Derev Kahana) a tear-jerking melodrama about canine loyalty. Which appears like this in the book of the legend translated by Bialik "Shepherds milked milk." A snake came and drank from it and the dog saw. When the shepherds came and sat down to drink the milk, the dog started barking at them and they did not look after him. Finally the dog stood and drank from the milk and died. The shepherds buried him and made a tombstone for him" it turns out that even "living cemeteries" are not a secular invention. Rabbi Elazar acknowledges that the dog "knows its owner" meaning it is connected to its owner and such a connection, as we know, is two-way.  

And now to the question of kosher. The Torah abounds in prohibitions of eating and drinking: pork is forbidden and shrimp are forbidden, "the sinew of the woman" is forbidden, therefore a cruel piercing of fine cuts such as sirloin and fillet is required. Pizza with pepperoni is prohibited and French wines (Nasach wines) are prohibited. Fruits and vegetables are forbidden if tithes have not been set aside from them (tavel), if they were picked from a young tree (arla) and if they were grown in the year of shemitah (sheviat). In all of these prohibitions, a single permission to eat without fear shines in its uniqueness, and this permission, to which an explicit verse is dedicated in the book of Exodus, relates to our question: "You shall not eat the flesh of the wild field, but you shall throw it to a dog" (Exodus XNUMX), meaning that it is not only permissible but a commandment to give non-kosher meat to a dog . If a dog is allowed to eat white steaks, what does the kosher stamp mean? Is it true that someone is trying to cut a coupon and support a kosher supervisor who is not needed? 

It is requested that the bonzo kosher be appointed for puzzling koshers such as those decorating bleach or shampoo bottles, but in our case the kosher supervisors actually have a good case. It turns out that not everything is allowed for dogs either. Although there is no need for the meat to come from a ruminant animal, there is no need for kosher slaughter, goring, salting, washing and other crafts that support our brothers, the Israelites, but the Halacha also imposes some restrictions on them. The first prohibition, strange and not relevant today, is eating a bull that has been executed. The Torah imposes the death penalty by stoning an ox that gores a man to death "and if an ox gores a man or a woman and dies, the ox shall be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten" (Exodus XNUMX) The Rambam emphasizes that this prohibition of eating also applies to our best friend (and along the way also demonstrates a slight deviation from political correctness in relation to Gentiles) "When it is stoned, it shall not be sold or given to dogs or Gentiles" (Mishna Torah Laws of Forbidden Foods chapter XNUMX).

The relevant ban on today's dog food is the ban on meat and milk, which encompasses not only eating and cooking but also "pleasure". Pleasure in the halachic sense is not pleasure but the production of benefit. And it is forbidden to benefit from such a mixture in any way that includes feeding animals: it is permissible to give a dog a tasty sausage but not a cheeseburger. There is usually no milk in dog food, but there are grains and there is something that makes the food sour. The prohibition of chametz on Pesach is very broad and includes not only eating but also keeping a house and feeding animals.

For example, it was ruled that a dog in need of food contains grains for a medical reason, it must be sold to a gentile who will keep it until the end of the holiday of unleavened bread, since "spirit control" only applies to humans. Kosher-keeping dogs are not unusual among animals. The legends of the Talmud and the Midrash tell of animals that were careful to observe mitzvot, such as the donkey of Rabbi Pinchas ben Yair who refused to taste hay from which tithes had not been separated. Well X, keep the bonzo kosher and maybe one day you will find under your table in heaven the soul of your dog waiting for the leftovers from the wild ox and leviathan feast.  

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6 תגובות

  1. In life as in life it is always good to hear and know all the opinions of everyone!
    I was happy to read and learn about your opinion on the subject, thank you very much!

  2. His judgment is like that of a Gentile.
    No need for kosher
    He is allowed to eat anything
    Gentiles and animals are allowed.
    Only a Jew is forbidden

  3. An answer full of ignorance and lack of understanding
    For example: the raping dog was a large hunting dog as explained in the Gemara in the same act (even from a technical point of view it is not possible for a small dog to beat virgins due to lack of strength and size)
    And the permit was not a temporary order but a permanent order that refers to every animal and every intention in the act (rape and desire)

  4. One mistake in your words: vegetables and fruits grown in the year of Shemita are not forbidden to eat. Although they have a special sanctity, there is no prohibition to eat them.

  5. The "gatekeeper" is right after the kosher stamp on bleach and hydrochloric acid for the toilet, there is no point in looking for logic in kosher.

  6. Come on, it starts with a complete question and continues with peppery explanations,
    In the sources there are many religious prohibitions, most of which come to prevent actions
    To be frequent in a crowded and large crowd, most of them all have rules today.
    The kashrut walks were set in small part with the intention of preventing injury
    Not necessary in household animals and perhaps partly for health reasons,
    Today the health reasons do not exist,
    That's why kashrut is like most parts of the conservative religion
    They lack any reason and are kept because of ignorance or trying to make a profit
    funds by crooks who present themselves as leaders,
    And the evidence for this is the kosher certification given to cleaning agents
    as well as for livestock and pet foods,
    It turns out that even here the person asking the question is wrong
    He will receive a peppered answer that has nothing in it...

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