Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Inferences

If someone tell's you not to boil a kid in a mother's milk, isn't the logical inference that you would prohibit cooking milk and meat from a given animal? Or maybe eating from the same animal? Or even a given species (cow's milk and beef) with cooking, or eating? But the total generalization of all meat and all milk seems, well, rather extreme. *

God tells Moses: "don't boil a kid in a mother's milk." Moses says, "so don't ever mix milk and eat; keep separate utensils; and..." God says, "whatever Moses."

*A question I would have arrived at long ago if my family kept kosher, and certainly not original to me.

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