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Now that he's received it, I can share with the class:

I sent aaronbenedict a "Llamaka":


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Dec. 3rd, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
Llamas aren't kosher are they?

Do those laws apply to wearing clothing?


The confused and amused non-jew
Dec. 3rd, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
This is interesting to me, because this is a conversation that he and I have had a number of different times, over a number of different specifics (was that an oxymoron?).

The obvious one is that oysters are shellfish and thus not Kosher, but plenty of Jewish women wear pearls. I tend to agree with you and your interpretation that not Kosher should = not Kosher, and that if the oyster meat is out, then the pearls should be too.

I think the most recent version of this conversation happened when I went to hang out with Leo and his pig. aaronbenedict's answer then was that it would not be proper for a Jew to reap financial benefit from pigs, whether it was killing them to eat, or breeding them as pets. Whether or not it was OK to play with someone else's pet pig was more nebulous. But he conceded on the whole topic that he wasn't completely certain.

I've emailed a link to your reply to him. Hopefully he'll give a more educated answer than this one.

Edited at 2009-12-03 06:02 pm (UTC)
Dec. 3rd, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
Found this -

I know this deals with a different kind of issue (I only know about this because I dated an ex-Orthodox guy) but if you scroll down to the "Other Fabrics" there's some interesting info.

So, there is kosher clothing.

I find all of this very confusing, btw.
Dec. 3rd, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Found this -
See aaronbenedict's reply below, although I kind of feel like it raises as many questions as it answers.
Dec. 3rd, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I'll give a more educated reply but I'll do my best.

I guess that the best way to understand kosher in the context of food is that of a diet that you need to be on. Using that as a guide, wearing the clothing from something that isn't Kosher is fine. The word "kosher" has since been used to define anything that is permissible, but that's really not the proper usage. Kind of like using the word ironic when something isn't. Keeping kosher is one of the 613 commandments just like the commandment not to wear clothes that are made of shatnes.

In Hebrew the root word of the word Kosher means prepare.

I hope that this makes some sense.
Dec. 3rd, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
Well, kind of, but then it doesn't make sense that pearls and Llamakas would be OK, but pet pigs would not. Would shoes made out of pig skin be OK?
Dec. 3rd, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Well, we do play football with a pigskin so I presume that it would be OK :)
Dec. 3rd, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
Even more questions!
...that it would not be proper for a Jew to reap financial benefit from pigs, whether it was killing them to eat, or breeding them as pets

Just pigs? Or all animals and creatures that aren't Kosher? If you were an observant Jew and sold jewelry that featured real pearls, wouldn't that mean you were benefiting financially from oysters?

Dec. 6th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
Re: Even more questions!
AFAIK it's all non-kosher creatures. That does raise the question of the pearls and although I don't think that it's a problem I don't have a specific reason so I need to try and research that.

Hope this helps.
Dec. 6th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
Re: Even more questions!
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