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Noachides are not commanded to keep Kosher but we do know the sixth commandment given us is "The prohibition of eating flesh taken from an animal while it is still alive" can someone clarify (Not give an official word or ruling) how we can best observe this commandment? My wife and I rarely eat meat due to the inhumane way the animals are treated and obvious other reasons like horomones and the like. In a community where we have no shochet to teach us to kill our own meat righteously and no place to buy meats like this is it best to be vegetarian? Also are we supposed to observer the law of not mixing meats and dairy or are we allowed?

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Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/38217 – Shokhet Jun 1 '14 at 19:05
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Your first question should be asked of somone who is an expert in animal slaughter such as the OU or the STAR-K (Baltimore Vaad Hakashrus) who can tell you if the 'humane' practices required by the FDA ensure that the meat is not 'living' when it is being cut up originally. It could be a matter of how long after the slaughter they wait to actually cut it into salable portions.

As far as your second question, I would say that you are no more required to separate meat and milk than you are required (by Noachide law) to refrain from eating pork or shell fish. In fact, the Talmud actually gives the fact that nonJews are allowed (and do not suffer ill health) in order to show that the laws of Kashrut were not given for 'health reasons'.

Vegetarianism for health reasons (such as hormones) as an example is completely permissible, while vegetarianism for the purpose of treating animals 'like humans' (such as PETA) is often thought to be a form of idol worship.

In any case, a diet of this type should be checked with a doctor who is an expert in nutrition, to ensure that your health does not suffer. There are people who went overboard and caused malnutrition by not being careful.

You can also find a number of answers to your first question at Are there any hechshers that certify food as kosher for B'nei Noach?

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You said: "the Talmud actually gives the fact that non-Jews are allowed (and do not suffer ill health) in order to show that the laws of Kashrut were not given for 'health reasons'". Can you please provide a source for this? – Matt Mar 19 '14 at 21:09
"a form of idol worship"? maybe "a form of stupidity" but I see now worshiping or deification going on. – Double AA Mar 19 '14 at 21:35
Our reasons are not like PETA, we see it more like what 'human' could treat an animal like they do in many slaughterhouses where often times the animal is still kicking when it hits the end of the line and showing a general lack of compassion for life. – Yossi Mar 19 '14 at 22:00
@Yosi I was just using the two extremes, not accusing you of being like them. I am sorry if it sounded that way. – sabbahillel Mar 19 '14 at 22:51
@Matt I stated that from memory. I will try to find the source that I remembered. – sabbahillel Mar 19 '14 at 22:54

I see that there are resources on the Internet which are specially for Noahides. I suggest you look here 1, forbidden meat and here 2, humane-slaughter information and the forum.

Source 2 has “Recommended practice” (source: Dr. Temple Grandin) which states that Cardiac arrest stunning is more effective than conventional electric stunning. This may give a guideline on how to shop for meat.

Sabahillel already answered your question on meat and milk.

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If the animal is stunned but still alive, and then cut up, is that eivar min hachai (for ben noach)? – Matt Mar 19 '14 at 21:10
@Matt I don't see why not. – Double AA Mar 19 '14 at 21:35
Neither do I really, but this answer seems to assume so... if cardiac arrest is halakhic death it might be, but that would be rather strange. I doubt the halakhic definition of death would be different for humans and animals, unless parameters for laws of Noahides depend on social conventions? That's an odd position but I've heard it said (though not well supported, I think) – Matt Mar 19 '14 at 21:43
See judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/16649/…. Charles Koppelman said “I've read a midrash that Joseph thought his brothers were not Jewish and would therefore "tell on them" for doing things that would be permitted to Jews but forbidden to bnei Noach.” There is a case of “ever min hachai that was still kosher. Jews would be permitted it, but not non-Jews. Such a marginal condition is unlikely but means that not 100% of all kosher meat is kosher to non-Jews, but in practice, it's probably fine.” – Avrohom Yitzchok Mar 19 '14 at 22:00


Reg "The prohibition of eating flesh ... " this it is not exactly the 6th law, but the seven (the last one) because it was commanded for the first time to Noah by HaShem Itself after the flood . ( In Tanach it is wrote : " But flesh with its soul its blood you shall not eat " Genesis/Bereshit 9:4). The other 6 were given already to Adam in the Garden of Eden. The Noahide laws are an Universal Code for Morality which must be respected by All the Humanity . Moreover , should be considered that this 7th law, regards the sexual promiscuity too . Reading and studying this laws only with a " strictly literal " eye it's not enough. There are many concealed significances and the work to do is only at the beginning. Torah is the wisdom of HaShem , and His Wisdom is Infinite . Be well and prosper . Shalom v'Brachot !

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How does this answer the question? – Double AA Mar 20 '14 at 4:00
Funny you would mention the 'strictly literal' eye and yet bring up a point about the ordering of the mitzvos. – Yossi Mar 20 '14 at 16:28

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