The scripture states
“But do not eat flesh with its life, its blood.
Why does scripture state this? Why are we not to eat flesh with its life, its blood?
We are told time and again as if to stress an important point that we are not to eat the blood.
From the beginning of the scriptures one is instructed not to eat blood. Yet in this
day and age we find that the use of using blood is increasing across the food range.
It is used in dog food. It is used in chocolate production. It is used in its
unrefined form at slaughters. Here it is consumed either raw or placed in an oven and baked. It is used in sausage
production. It is even added to wines. The list goes on and on.
We are instructed that when we slaughter that we are to slaughter to
“He who slaughters to a mighty one, except to יהוה
only, is put under the ban.
We are further instructed that when we slaughter that we are not to eat the blood but
to pour it out like water on the ground.
any man of the house of Yisra’El, or of the strangers who sojourn among you, who eats any blood, I shall set
My face against that being who eats blood, and shall cut him off from among his
the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your
lives, for it is the blood that makes atonement for the life.’
I said to the children of Yisra’El, ‘No being among you eats blood, nor does any stranger who sojourns among
you eat blood.’
any man from the children of Yisra’El, or from the strangers who sojourn among you, who hunts and catches any
beast or bird, which is eaten, shall pour out its blood and cover it with dust,
it is the life of all flesh. Its blood is for its life. And I said to the children of Yisra’El, ‘Do not eat
the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood. Anyone eating it is cut
not eat meat
the blood. Do not practice divination or magic.
be firm not to eat the blood, for the blood is the life, do not eat the life with the
not eat it, you pour it on the earth like water.
not eat it, that it might be well with you and your children after you, when you do what is right in the eyes
do not eat its blood, pour it on the ground like water.