Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Kosher Matzo Ball soup?

lI had a weird revelation a couple weeks back when I made matzo ball soup. The matzo balls were made with egg, and the soup was made from chicken. Isn't this prohibited under the "do not boil a kid in its mother's milk" rule? Is Matzo ball soup trayf?

Where's a rabbinical scholar when you need one?

2 comments:

Liz said...

Jak:
Have been meaning to call, but figured I'd weigh in on this in the meantime. Eggs are pareve, or "neutral," and can go with either milk or meat. Eggs are not yet considered "meat" (just as babies are not considered fully human until after they are born...we are a pro-choice people), so there's no trayfness. So don't worry: Your kitchen is still kosher!!

nkabak said...

"'Eggs are pareve, or "neutral," and can go with either milk or meat. Eggs are not yet considered "meat"'

While the above is true, it doesn't answer the question of cooking a kid in its mothers milk. BTW, there was a time when chickens were NOT considered to be meat, but a Rabbinic authority, because of poverty suggested that poultry should be considered as meat for Shabbat, etc.

As for when life can be terminated in fetus, is also not quite true. There are specific Halachic (rules) guidlines on abortion. Being pro choice is easily said, but not that readily done.

n kabak