August 5, 2012 1:21 am at 1:21 am #604427
What does this have to do with us? Simple. As with every other new thing, there will be a disagreement among the rabbis. Some rabbis will argue that in vitro meat is prohibited if it does not originate from a properly slaughtered kosher animal, and others will argue that anything grown merely from cell tissue is not Halachically considered meat.
Therefore, as I see it, in 50 years from now your average observant Jew will either be a vegetarian, or will be consuming pork on a regular basis.August 5, 2012 3:50 am at 3:50 am #889758choppyParticipant
We didn’t give up Bris Milah under the Soviets. And we won’t give it up under Bloomberg. Nor will we give up shechita.August 5, 2012 5:02 am at 5:02 am #889759Avi KParticipant
1. There is no power to make new gezerot in our time.
2. Rav Yosef Albo says (Sefer HaIkarim) that the Dor HaMabul’s basic mistake was thinking that because they had to be vegetarians they were on the same level as the animals and should therefore act accordingly. Thus, the children of Noach were explicitly allowed to eat meat. Rav Kook also says that vegetarianism is not for our time but only after Mashiach comes.
3. There already is “kosher pork”.August 5, 2012 5:28 am at 5:28 am #889760oomisParticipant
OY, I am getting SUCH a headache!!!!!!August 5, 2012 5:49 am at 5:49 am #889761Sam2Participant
Choppy: That is a nice statement, but it didn’t really address his point.August 5, 2012 5:50 am at 5:50 am #889762avi eParticipant
Or we will get a heimishe company to make in vitro meat from a properly shechted, kosher animal, and go on living as before.August 5, 2012 6:19 am at 6:19 am #889763LosAngelesZaidyParticipant
OY!! We will never eat TREIF! What a silly post!!!August 5, 2012 7:08 am at 7:08 am #889764CuriosityParticipant
I hate the animal rights loonies.August 5, 2012 7:15 am at 7:15 am #889765chocandpatienceMember
Too many unknown variables. I ain’t going to lose any sleep over it at the moment.
The theoretical halachic side to it is very interesting, though.August 5, 2012 7:42 am at 7:42 am #889766
The point of this post was not to comment on whether or not in vitro meat is kosher or on whether vegetarianism is a vice or a virtue. The point of this post was to note – in a a half serious, half tongue-in-cheek fashion – certain sociological factors and patterns that exist within our communities, and an interesting (to me at least) effect they might have.August 5, 2012 7:49 am at 7:49 am #889767
yireh li, that most people will claim it doesn’t taste as good, and will still eat real meat.August 5, 2012 8:00 am at 8:00 am #889768
Popa – Maybe, but I think what people don’t really get about this is that it IS real meat! They’re actually growing the meat from cells in the muscle tissue. It’s not artificial.August 5, 2012 8:39 am at 8:39 am #889769
true true. but, it won’t have the same blood in it, and people say that meat tastes different depending on what the animal ate also, so there seem to be nuances beyond the cell structure.August 5, 2012 8:40 am at 8:40 am #889770
also, I’ll be happy enough to have frum grandchildren. I won’t care if they eat brussel sprouts as cholent.August 5, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am #889771TnewmanParticipant
Laboratory grown meat is not now and will not be cost effective to produce compared to growing meat live on the hoof. The lab procedure is a G-dsend (literally) for burn victims but don’t expect to replace ranches with vats. You have a rhetorical discussion. Nothing more.August 5, 2012 1:20 pm at 1:20 pm #889772yaakov doeParticipant
Why would we it it, instead of cholunt, kigel, herring and kishka as we have for generations?
Sushi is bad enough, but man made pork is going too far!August 5, 2012 4:26 pm at 4:26 pm #889773outoftownroshkollelMember
“Laboratory grown meat is not now and will not be cost effective”
I believe the same thing was said about cell phones.August 5, 2012 5:33 pm at 5:33 pm #889774abba_murray_bar_popaParticipant
Well, i know who will be eating the pork, as long as all the ingredients on the label look kosherAugust 5, 2012 8:19 pm at 8:19 pm #889775
Yaakov doe – why not try a new delicacy lekavod shabbos? I can even hear people taynehing that this is a fulfillment of the midrash that says pig will be kosher in the future.
Abba murray – lolAugust 6, 2012 1:02 am at 1:02 am #889776Veltz MeshugenerMember
@Abba Murray: And I know who will be peering at it with a microscope, hoping to find bugs.August 6, 2012 1:07 am at 1:07 am #889777ShowjoeMember
i know someone who eats candy that has pig gelatin in it (Sfara being its from pig bones not pig meat)August 6, 2012 2:05 am at 2:05 am #889778
Showjoe – So do I.August 6, 2012 3:21 am at 3:21 am #889779WolfishMusingsParticipant
Undoubtedly, we all eat food that contains atoms that were once part of something unkosher.
The WolfAugust 6, 2012 5:16 am at 5:16 am #889780HaLeiViParticipant
Hayotze Min Hatamei Tammei, so I can’t really imagine anyone serious being Mattir something grown from Treifa meat.
As to Popa’s Taana, I think that even more than the nuances is the texture. By just growing cells it won’t be a steak. If they will want to duplicate a real piece of meat they’ll have to intersperse different cells. That will definitely be artificial. It will probably do well as a cold cut.August 6, 2012 4:01 pm at 4:01 pm #889781twistedParticipant
There is a deah in the Rishonim that the pig is named chazir because it will revert to being kosher (chozer ltohorso) in future times, so 50 years, maybe. tzipisah l’yeshua?August 6, 2012 4:29 pm at 4:29 pm #889782WolfishMusingsParticipant
There is a deah in the Rishonim that the pig is named chazir because it will revert to being kosher (chozer ltohorso) in future times, so 50 years, maybe. tzipisah l’yeshua?
Whenever anyone mentions this, I am reminded of Harry Turtledove’s short story “The R-Strain.”
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