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Flu Vaccines

I have just discovered that the yearly flu vaccine contains a pork product used to stabilize the vaccine. I am Messianic and follow Torah. Is there any other alternative flu vaccine? Shalom,Paul S. Dear Paul, Thanks for writing. Regardless of background, everybody is impacted by what they eat. There is an entire industry based on...

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Why I Leave the Cheese off that Burger

Two of the most common misperceptions about Judaism are that kosher food means food that has been blessed by a rabbi and that Judaism does not believe in an afterlife. One of the reasons so many Jews mistakenly assume that their faith ignores existence after death is because the Hebrew Bible, known as the TaNaCH,...

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What’s Positive about Pigs? (and camels)

‘Your Mother’s Guidance’ by Rebecca Masinter Chapter 14 of the book of Deuteronomy lists two signs that kosher mammals must possess: they must have cloven hooves and chew their cuds. A few animals have one sign but are lacking the other one, rendering them non-kosher. The Torah lists these animals. We would have expected that...

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Can pork ever be kosher?

Jews can’t eat pig because it’s a scavenger and eats the dead therefore unclean. If the pig is farm raised it doesn’t eat the dead so would it be clean to eat? Miguel Dear Miguel, We are choosing to answer your question because you are in not alone in your misconception about kosher food. The...

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Reach for the Stars – Stay Grounded

When I was seven, my parents signed me up for swimming lessons. For the first three days, the teacher discussed buoyancy, backstroke, and breathing.  We dunked our heads into basins of water and blew bubbles. We never even got our feet wet.  The next weekend my parents took us to a pool.  My father, eager...

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Is a Vegetarian Diet Kosher?

Question: Are vegetarian/vegan diets considered kosher? Do many Jews follow vegetarian diets? Thanks in advance! Brian Answer:  Dear Brian, There is both a practical and philosophical answer to your question. Many of the laws of keeping kosher relate to the source of the food as well as the separation between meat and milk products. All...

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