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A Prohibition Only for Limbs Or...?

Updated: Nov 14, 2022

Divine Code for October 23, 2022

Today: Pages 248-249

From 2:1 -- 2:4

For people who are sensitive to the subject of killing an animal and do not eat meat, feel free to skip these parts.

For Gentiles, the prohibition against consuming flesh removed from a living animal encompasses not only entire limbs, but also any meat severed from the living animal. The proof text, ''But flesh with its soul, its blood, you shall not eat'' (Genesis 9:4), does not mention a limb, even though Hebrew term Eiver min ha'hai literally means ''a limb from a living animal.''

The prohibition forbids eating any meat separated from a living land mammal or bird, so it does not apply when one swallows a whole small mammal or bird alive.

This is according to Rebbi (Rebbi Yehuda) in Tractate Hullin 102b, according to the explanation of Tosafot. This is unlike Rashi who says that the prohibition of eiver min ha'hai does apply to swallowing a whole living bird. Rambam, in Laws of forbidden Foods 4:3, rules like Tosafot.

Thus the prohibition of eiver min ha'hai includes a limb comprised of flesh, sinews (tendons) and bones (e.g. a paw or a foot), an organ that is entirely meat (e.g. the tongue, testicles, spleen or kidneys), and the animal's fat and similar parts. The prohibition applies regardless of whether one serves and entire limb or organ, or merely a portion of one, and whether he ate the entire severed piece or only a part of it.

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