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INSIGHT: “Blood Libel” – NOT Reliable

The Mysterious Case of the Red Egg

The Mysterious Case of the Red Egg

Ever help your mother crack eggs for challah, matzah balls, gefilte fish, or noodle kugel?

“Of course not! I mean, of course I did! I just love helping my mom in the kitchen!”

If that’s the case, then you have probably noticed that some eggs have red spots on the yolk. Those are blood spots, and we have to be very careful to avoid eating them – just like we don’t eat blood in meat.

So, after you crack an egg, be sure to look at it carefully from all sides in a glass dish. If there’s a blood spot, toss it out, wash and rinse the dish, and try again!

Shazak insight

“Blood Libel” – NOT Reliable

After reading how careful Jews are about drinking even one single drop of blood, you may be surprised to hear that for hundreds of years Jewish people were accused of consuming the blood of Christian children (yech!).

This blatant lie, a.k.a. as a blood libel – was often used as an excuse for mobs to then kill Jews and steal their belongings. It all began in England around 900 years ago, when a little boy named William went missing near his home in the town of Norwich. Since it was near Pesach, the false rumor was spread that the Jewish people had killed him to use his blood for matzahs.

“The Jews killed this innocent boy… just to use his blood in their Matzos!” people shouted.

“It’s an atrocity and they are all guilty, beyond any doubt!”

Of course it was not true, but that didn’t stop the idea from spreading quickly to France and elsewhere.

The poor Jews proved time and time again that there was no truth to the claims, and many non-Jewish scholars supported them, but that didn’t stop hatemongers from reviving this tired lie year after year.

Thank G-d, there are no blood libels nowadays, but there are still people who believe this foolish nonsense!

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