The Pareve Mystery
Pareve. What kind of word is that? Is it Yiddish, Hebrew, Chinese or Japanese?
Nobody knows for sure who “invented” the word; when it started; and why it was called that name. We don’t even know which language it is (although it’s probably not Chinese or Japanese).
One possibility is that “Pareve” is related to a chamber in the Beis Hamikdash called the Lishkas HaPareva. This chamber was half in the Ezras Kohanim and half in the Ezras Yisrael, ‘neither here nor there’ so to speak. Therefore, “Pareve” has come to mean neither meat nor dairy.
Another suggestion is that it comes from the Polish word, “parowy,” meaning paired. Pareve foods can be “paired” with either milk or meat.
Now, what do you think?