Originally Posted by tdangio
I'm baffled by how eating chicken/turkey and cheese is against the rules. Isn't the dairy/meat rule there to prevent someone from eating the milk of the mother with the flesh of the child? Last time I checked, and I check pretty frequently, I couldn't milk a chicken. (I won't even go into the odds of you winding up with milk/cheese of a mother and child of the same mother in today's world).
This is a tricky one. I believe the answer is that halachically you can in fact
eat poultry including chicken with milk as it's not a milking animal. But, the rabbis as a precaution out of fear that the practice of mixing meat-like foods with milk could lead to total abandonment of the milk/meat mixing rules still prohibited it anyway. Sort of like building a fence a few feet back from the swimming pool instead of right along the edge...
The simple fact is there is no clear answer for why not to mix meat and milk
. It's just said that that's what you do. There are theories and speculation however... some examples:
- It's cleaner/healthier somehow. More natural.
- Symbolically the blood is death and the milk is life, so mixing them is a bad idea.
- It's important to have restrictions of any sort really (arbitrarily) as it teaches us self-discipline,
Originally Posted by dopey
My guess is that he doesn't really care or he wouldn't be eating at your house, at least not without telling you exactly what his requirements are beforehand.
Then again... This is probably the case. I'd suggest asking him so as to avoid embarrassment for both sides.
Originally Posted by globetrotter
seriously, if he actually meant that you should serve him a kosher meal, then you need to get catering and serve it on disposible plates. I have a lot of observant friends, and they would never eat anything that I cooked in my house, probrably not even coffee. if he meant "don't serve me pork" that is another thing. what kind of rabbi is he?
More information can be found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosher