Noth­ing Kosher About a Cloned Pig

The Jewish Voice - - SPECIAL FEATURES - By: Zach Wein­berger

Once con­sid­ered out­ra­geous to even raise in a civ­i­lized and learned con­ver­sa­tion con­cern­ing the com­plex laws of kashrut, it now ap­pears that an Is­raeli rabbi by the name of Yu­val Cher­low has deemed it to­tally le­git for Jews to con­sume pig prod­ucts as long as they are cloned.

Last Thurs­day, it was re­ported that Rabbi Cher­low told the Ynet news web site that “Cloned meat pro­duced from a pig shall not be de­fined as pro­hib­ited for con­sump­tion – in­clud­ing with the milk.”

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port pub­lished in Newsweek, Cher­low is ad­vo­cat­ing for ”rab­binic ap­proval of cloned meats in or­der to re­duce an­i­mal suf­fer­ing, de­crease meat in­dus­try pol­lu­tion and stamp out star­va­tion.”

In an in­ter­view last Wed­nes­day with the Is­raeli pa­per Ye­dioth Ahronoth, Rabbi Cher­low pos­tu­lates that cloned meat would not be sub­ject to the same Kashrut di­etary laws that guide what is kosher, or “fit,” for con­sump­tion by Jews. He prof­fers the the­ory that ac­cord­ing to the ha­lachic sys­tem of gov­er­nance of the laws of kashrut, “when a pig's cell is used and food is pro­duced from the ge­netic ma­te­rial, the cell ac­tu­ally loses its orig­i­nal iden­tity, and there­fore it can­not be de­fined as a pro­hib­ited food, nor can it be eaten as milk.”

The New York Post re­ports that Rabbi Cher­low, a tal­mu­dic scholar from the Tzo­har Rab­bini­cal Or­ga­ni­za­tion was ap­par­ently re­fer­ring to the bur­geon­ing move­ment where the cells of an an­i­mal are used to grow meat in a lab, rather than to clone live an­i­mals. Cher­low also as­serts that “it wouldn’t even be con­sid­ered as meat, so you can con­sume it con­cur­rently with dairy.”

Speak­ing to the NYP last week, Crown Heights pizza ship owner Shemi Harel said that he would be open to serve the cloned pig to his cus­tomers “if the store’s cer­ti­fied rabbi” grants him ap­proval to use it. He added that this might be a cus­tomer fa­vorite be­cause “Peo­ple are cu­ri­ous – they’ve never tasted it and they’re cu­ri­ous to try it.”

On the other side of the vast spec­trum of Or­tho­dox Jewish thought, some rab­bis have es­sen­tially la­beled this new kashrut rev­e­la­tion as noth­ing but hog­wash.

Rabbi Me­nachem Ge­nack, the head of the Or­tho­dox Union’s di­vi­sion of kosher prod­ucts told the NYP that a cloned pig is no more kosher than a tra­di­tional pig which has split hooves but does not chew its cud which ren­ders it ab­so­lutely not kosher. “That which derives from some­thing that is not kosher is not kosher,” he told the pa­per.

Sim­cha Klein, 25, a man­ager at Ke­hilla Butcher Store in the tight Jewish en­clave of Boro Park in Brook­lyn told the New York Post that “I’m not a sci­en­tist, but this sounds crazy to me.”

Once con­sid­ered out­ra­geous to even raise in a civ­i­lized and learned con­ver­sa­tion con­cern­ing the com­plex laws of kashrut, it now ap­pears that an Is­raeli rabbi by the name of Yu­val Cher­low has deemed it to­tally le­git for Jews to con­sume pig prod­ucts as long as they are cloned.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.