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5:15 AM
@TRiG Why don't Witnesses eat pigs'-blood pudding? Is it a pig thing? a blood thing? a pigs' blood thing?
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10:39 AM
@msh210 It's a blood thing.
@msh210 Based on something in the book of Acts, which they interpret to mean that that particular prohibition is still in effect.
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2:31 PM
Aww. That "answer" to my question got deleted before I had a chance to put a snarky comment on it.
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3:58 PM
@TRiG I wasn't just going to leave it around
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5:04 PM
@TRiG Ah, thanks for the info. Interesting. Others can confirm this or correct me, but I don't think the blood prohibition (on Jews) applies to pigs' blood, inasmuch as it's a non-kosher species.
^ Anyone?
5:28 PM
> For the holy spirit and we ourselves have favored adding no further burden to you except these necessary things: to keep abstaining from things sacrificed to idols, from blood, from what is strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you carefully keep yourselves from these things, you will prosper. Good health to you! (Acts 15:28, 29)
@msh210 In other words, blood is prohibited, and pigs are prohibited, but when it comes to pigs' blood it's the prohibition on pigs which kicks in first, so the prohibition on blood is irrelevant. Is that what you're saying?
@msh210 I don't think that is accurate mechon-mamre.org/i/5206.htm
6:17 PM
@Yishai I always heard "no more than four" — Shmuel Brin 4 mins ago
@ShmuelBrin, Every occasion is a special occasion ;-). Reminds me of the Chosid who would always find an excuse to say Shir HaMaalos.
6:33 PM
@Yishai In a certain shteibel, the chasidim would never recite tachanun because every day had an important yahrtzeit. One day, nobody could think of a yahrtzeit.
"Whose yahrtzeit is today?" the gabbai inquired? Silence.
"I repeat, whose yahrtzeit is today?" Silence.
"Do you mean to tell me," the gabbai continued, "that not one rebbe died on this day?!"
The gabbai klopped hard on the bimah: "No tachanun!"
@Fred Yeah, that story ends the same way. If he had to wash and couldn't find a bris, etc. He would say - today Al Naaros is new. Such a rare event is a special occasion ...
6:59 PM
@TRiG I thought not of a kicking-in-first issue (that concept does exist in Jewish law, but wouldn't apply here because the pig and the blood have coexisted so long as either has existed), but a rule derived from (most likely) wording in a verse that restricts the prohibition on blood to kosher species. However, @DoubleAA has corrected me (thanks!) -- the prohibition is on non-kosher species' blood also.
@msh210 @TRiG See:
Q: Is the blood of a non-Kosher animal forbidden because of וכל דם לא תאכלו

YishaiInspired by a recent chat discussion related to this question. Does the prohibition of וכל דם לא תאכלו - not eating blood - apply to non-Kosher animals? The Rambam writes: ודבר מפורש בתורה שאינו חייב אלא על דם בהמה חיה ועוף בלבד, בין טמאים בין טהורים It is explicitly in the Torah that t...

@Yishai I think it's Hillel Paritcher
@DoubleAA The page you linked to is IMO quite clear that it's the blood prohibition that applies to (e.g.) pigs' blood.
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9:59 PM
@DoubleAA I'll keep an eye on that one. Thanks.
A: Are plants that exhibit rapid plant movement considered non-Kosher animals?

Isaac MosesI asked R' Natan Slifkin this question by email, and he responded that no, rapidly-moving plants are not considered animals, as dictated by common sense.

Common sense?!
@Yishai I think I've heard that with Hillel Paritcher named, but I don't know if or where that's sourced.
Oh! I see Shmuel said the same thing
10:42 PM
@msh210 And pig blood is considered especially distasteful (see Y'sha'ya 66:3, see also, for e.g. M'tzudas David ad loc., נתעב בעיני כאילו זרק דם חזיר).

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