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Chicken is meat. Why are chicken's eggs pareve?

Chicken is meat. Why are chicken's eggs pareve?


The prohibition mentioned in the Torah is to mix meat (beef) with milk. This injunction was extended by the Sages to include fowl as its meat can be confused with beef. Eggs do not fall into this category as they cannot be mistaken for meat. Furthermore, eggs are considered a separate entity once they have been laid and are considered to be pareve, or neutral, so that they can be eaten with either milk or meat.

Interestingly, the Code of Jewish Law (Yoreh Deah 87:5) mentions that if fully formed eggs are found inside a chicken these may be consumed with milk products, however, if the eggs are not fully formed, they may not be consumed together with milk although one would be able to eat dairy products after eating one of them.

Chani Benjaminson,

Chani Benjaminson is co-director of Chabad of the South Coast, coordinator of Chabad’s Ask the Rabbi and Feedback departments, and is a member of the editorial staff of
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March 21, 2017
I have no problem with kosher rulings about chicken. How ever I do believe that God telling the ancients not to cook a kid in its mother's milk, is because the mixing of proteins or amino acids, has the same effect that feeding a cow the meat of another cow, causing mad cow disease, or the same as the canables created by eating the protein of other humans, causing the same disease of the brain as did the cows.

And I believe it may be the cause of most of the neurological diseases, it just takes longer mixing milk and meat than it does by feeding cows the meat of other cows, or people consuming the DNA of other humans. I believe every law G-d gave us. That is every thing called sin, was to save us from the destructive behavior people do that caused disease and death.
October 28, 2015
I've always resented the fact that I can't mix chicken and dairy due to some ridiculous overzealous Rabbinical interpretation rather than prohibitions found in the Tanakh.

But then I think about it, and realize, gross, who wants to eat chicken and dairy. Like when Italian Americans cover their schnitzel in cheese, grossssssss.
mendy rachman
July 31, 2015
can you mix chicken and beef together?
Laredo, TX
April 17, 2015
Very interesting, I did not know this! Thanks for posting this!
May 16, 2013
G_d told Moses, and Moses told the Israelites (who were complaining about starving) in the desert that, G_d would provide them with meat, and then, quail covered the land. This has nothing to do with interpretation by a rabbi.
February 22, 2012
Irony of modern day kashrut
I had always learned that the reason chicken was considered meat was not as much due to the fact that the person eating it would think he or she was mixing milk and meat, but rather because someone else might think that that person is eating milk and meat. And if that is the case, then why is it ok to produce all of these imitation products? Isn't there the possibility that soy cheeseburgers and fake crab, or imitation bacon, etc. temsmight be perceived to a third party as being non kosher items? And therefore isn't this the same issue that was derived from chicken?
Westchester, Ny
November 24, 2011
The Chicken Dance
I like humour ! Well, tuna steaks may look like meat, but the smell is clearly fishy.
Why fish is not fleishig, and poultry is ?
I dont know ....
Why to be kasher, the birds must be killed by a shochet, and fish not ?
I dont know...
Why ruling poultry as fleishig ages ago ?
Complicated ... But it happened, and as many Nations have their laws, so does the Jewish People.
Many laws are not convenient, like speed limits, tax income, and taxes in general, and so on. So, as long as nobody gets hurt: laws were made to be broken.
On the Jewish part, there is the chumra principle of making the Law more strict then needed to avoid trangressions. So the birds were dragged into the meat category.
Now, in 21st Century, what does one do?
Either keep it as tradition, or don't keep it because we are all "modern".
Judaism goes from very strict observance to totally liberal, and yet we all can remain Jews. Just keep it (Judaism) !
Mark Bebernig
July 29, 2011
I love this makhloket
I have been questioning why chicken is considered meat for several years now. I appreciate the link in the 07/15/2009 post to "Why isn't chicken pareve?" and I'm glad to see others actively grappling with the question instead of defeatedly accepting the Rabbinic decree.

To the "Rabbis distorting the Torah" post, I say that rather than distorting, we are all constantly fertilizing, watering, and pruning Torah, as a careful gardener does when she cares for a tree. If Torah is truly a "tree of life," then it will always be changing and growing... but of course it will always need its roots and its trunk to survive.

Today, with our wider-spread literacy and access to information, we are more capable of trusting our own inner Rabbi. At the same time, I also value the traditional Rabbinical opinions.

For now, I eat chicken and dairy together. Not because I have decided that this is the right way, but because I struggle with the question, like Ya'akov with the angel.
Westfield, NJ
October 4, 2010
Why are chickens even Kosher?
Why are chickens Kosher, does the Torah not say to not eat of animals that eat dead other dead animals?
camp, ar
January 3, 2010
shouldnt chicken be parev?
i see the point that the anonymous from tel aviv is making. i wouldnt put it in such way (rabbis distorting the torah) but i do wonder if moses and king david had a nice glass of warm milk with their chicken soup?
shlomo zalman
b''klyn, usa