Tuesday, November 13, 2007

What Are You Eating?

וכן היה רבן שמעון בן גמליאל אומר:

קרביים לאו בשר, ואוכליהם לאו בר אינש!

And so Rabban Shim‘on ben Gamli’eil would say:

Guts are not meat,
and those who eat them are not human!

(Babylonian Talmud Nedarim 54b)


Blogger e-kvetcher said...

This is an offal post!

11/13/2007 4:16 PM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

But what is included in the category of gut? Al pi halocho?

I can see chitlins as objectionable, and clearly not 'meat'. Same with digestive organs entirely.

But are liver, kidneys, hearts all included in the 'guts'?

11/13/2007 5:54 PM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

Oh and by the way, E-kvetcher, that pun was offal.

You're welcome.

11/13/2007 6:24 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

LOL. for the offal.

According to R' Shtainzaltz/EvenYisrael, 'guts' included hearts, liver, kidneys, etc. — and that their predominance in what's today considered stereotypical traditional Jewish food is the result of them being adopted from being animal food to being poor people's food some time between the end of the Gemara and today.

11/13/2007 6:30 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

sorry, i'm an incorrigible punster, please don't incorrige me:)

what's the bracha for haggis, by the way?

11/13/2007 7:13 PM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

Depends on whom you ask.

A Scotsman would opine: "Boruch Ata Adonoi Eloheinu, melech ha olam, oseh ma'aseh vereishis".

This is appropriate whether you intend to eat it or not. More likely not.

I would instead say 'none for me thanks', followed by "Boruch ata Adonoi Eloheinu, melech ha olam, shegemalani kol tov".

11/13/2007 9:27 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

I set them up, BOTH knocks them down...

We should take our act on the road!

11/14/2007 11:46 AM  
Blogger The back of the hill said...

FYI: more offal crap over at the back of the hill. I am weak willed, and could NOT resist doing that offal thing.
I am offal-y sorry.

11/14/2007 7:50 PM  

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