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Are We Allowed to Eat Eggs?

The Obligation to have mercy on a animal

The prohibition of eating any part of a live animal

Do not kill animals for pleasure, do not hurt them unnecessarily, and do not eat part of an animal while it is still alive. This is in brief what we read last time. But what about eggs? When you eat an egg, the chicken is normally still alive. The Divine Code ( 4e ed. page 272) writes about this:

“If the egg is fully developed with both a white and a yolk (although the shell is not formed, and the egg is still in a soft membrane), it is permitted, fort hen it is already considered as independent from the mother. If, however, the egg still requires the mother for development, it is considered as part of the bird organs, and it is considered as flesh removed from a living animal. If a bird lays eggs naturally, even if they are not fully developed, or one slaughters or kills a bird and discovers underdeveloped eggs inside that were still dependent on the mother, the eggs are permitted.”

It is recommended, not required, to chase the hen away before taking the eggs from her.

Think before you eat anything and show mercy to animals.

Brought By Angelique Sijbolts


Angelique Sijbolts is one of the main writers for the Noahide Academy. She has been an observant Noahide for many years. She studies Torah with Rabbi Perets every week. Angelique invests much of her time in editing video-lectures for the Rabbis of the Academy and contributes in administrating the Academy's website in English and Dutch. She lives in the north of the Netherlands. Married and mother of two sons. She works as a teacher in a school with students with special needs. And is a Hebrew Teacher for the levels beginners en intermediate. She likes to walk, to read and play the piano.



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