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Chullin 37b quotes Yehezkel as saying:

לא אכלתי בשר כוס כוס מעולם

I have never eaten meat [with] couscous.

Why would he not eat this dish? What’s wrong with eating meat and couscous?


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  • Doesn't PTIJ start tonight? The post says "Nightfall on March 6." – DonielF Mar 6 at 19:37
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    Dunno about you, but it’s already tonight where I am. I said yaaleh veyavo over three hours ago :) – Joel K Mar 6 at 19:38
  • Just putting this here in case someone can use it: en.wiktionary.org/wiki/kuc-kuc – msh210 Mar 10 at 20:17
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The posuk says נותן לחם לכל בשר, implying that the only grain-based product that can be eaten with meat is bread. Couscous is in a different category, מעשה קדרה, so it's excluded.

(In fact, Yechezkel may have held like one understanding of Beis Shammai's opinion (Berachos 42b) that bread and מעשה קדרה are so different that the bracha on bread doesn't exempt מעשה קדרה eaten in that meal.)

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Very simple - he was vegetarian!

The continuation of the Gemara there explains that he received a psak that it is forbidden to eat meat altogether:

ולא בא בפי בשר... שלא אכלתי מבהמה שהורה בה חכם

No meat ever entered my mouth... I never ate from an animal, because a wise man instructed me [not to].

Who was this wise man? It must have been Rav Kook (see Leather and vegetarianism according to Rav Kook?).

  • +1 but Rav Kook was not a strict vegetarian, see e.g., here for more on this issue – mbloch Mar 7 at 4:27
  • @mbloch correct, his opinion was slightly distorted for the sake of this answer. I gave a shiur on it once, so I'm aware of the discussion around it. – רבות מחשבות Mar 7 at 4:31
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    OK, I would have finished your last sentence by "but this is complicated" with a link like above - just not to let wrong impressions, but this is Purim Torah so it is possibly more acceptable – mbloch Mar 7 at 4:39
  • If he was a vegetarian, why did he have to mention the couscous? He should have just said- “I have never eaten meat in my life”! – Lo ani Mar 9 at 18:36

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