Wednesday, September 27, 2017

To Kill A Muppet-Bird

Here are some of the newest creatures at The Biblical Museum of Natural History:


But what are they? Are they chickens? Are they rabbits? Or are they nisht a hen, nisht a hare? And are they kosher, and will they be served at next week's Feast Of Exotic Curiosities? Is it a sin to kill a Muppet-bird? Stay tuned to find out!

21 comments:

  1. Hahahahaha I see what you did there

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  2. I got to play with some of these at a local farm in the Catskills. They're adorable.

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  3. 1) It's Aseres Y'Mei Teshuvah, so absolutely nobody should even think of cheating by using google image search.

    2) Excellent demonstration of the argument in your previous posts (sorry, I cheated).

    3) Would you eat your pets just because they are kosher???

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  4. "Are they chickens? Are they rabbits? Or are they nisht a hen, nisht a hare?"

    Greatest line of this entire website.

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  5. That is a silkie bird,and I beileve since it has a fifth toe and doesn't have a mesorah Rabbaniom have considered forbidden for consumption.

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    1. Yet it is a chicken and interfertile with other chicken breeds, which brings the problem into sharp focus.

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    2. Not everyone agrees. Some (many) think, with good reason, that it is a chicken and permissible to eat. Personally, I could never eat anything so cute and cuddly, especially with black flesh.

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  6. I shechted and ate some a silkie last year.

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  7. A bird?

    Absurd

    Perhaps

    It snaps.

    Maybe a toy

    Oh joy!

    Don't keep them in your venue

    Just to put them on your menu --

    And please send away the mother

    If you plan to eat the other.

    That amazing looking critter

    Probably tastes very bitter.

    And if indeed it is a muppet

    Don’t sup it,

    Just pass the lettuce --

    Please.


    MKF

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  8. Are they Silkies chicken? eventually this mutation may occur in all breeds but the Asian silkies are more known, and may also harbor polydactyly (5 toes) .

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  9. http://www.torahway.co.uk/Search/Watch/3082

    at 16:40 a silkie brought into shiur of dayan westhrim

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    1. and he doesn't like it for kashrus; he seems to have a take like Rav Landau shlit'a.

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    2. silkie does not have 4 simanim. so both sides would forbid it.

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    3. do not follow . what is not true? that silkie does not have 4 simanim. ?

      so silkie has 4 simanim ?

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    4. Silkie has crop, extra toe, peelable gizzard, and is not Dores.

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    5. what do you say to minchas yitzchok who says 2 extra toes is like zero ( at 28 min in shiur) ?

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    6. I say it's a mistake. The extra toe is a simple genetic mutation that can happen with any chicken (as he acknowledges) and silkies were simply selected to maintain that mutation. No different than if you were to selectively breed mutated cows with fused hooves.

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  10. Well, if they are hares, someone should write a book about whether they have only one Kosher sign and......oh, wait

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  11. I notice the chicken breed controversy came and went already. That was quick. But worry not - the next chumra-paranoia fad should appear any day now . . . religious boredom will do that.

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