INSIGHT: The Pareve Mystery

To D or not to D – That is the question!

To D or not to D – That is the question!

“Last but not least,” Moshe continued with his laws of Kosher, “never cook a kid in the milk of its mother!”

“Huh? Never cook a kid in the milk of its mother?!”

“What this means… is not to mix meat and milk together. Remember? It’s part of the oral law…”

“I seem to recall that Moshe told it to us three times.”

“That’s because we can’t eat them together, cook them together, or even have any pleasure from their mixture, such as selling a milk-meat stew to a non-Jew.”

“Hmmmm… interesting.”

This explains why anyone keeping Kosher makes sure not to mix milk and meat. No cheeseburgers. Kosher cheese in one meal… ok. Kosher burger in a different meal (with the correct in-between wait-time) … also fine. But not to be eaten together.

That’s why you’ll find Kosher dairy products, such as milk, cheese, or ice cream, with the letter ‘D’ next to the Kosher symbol – D for dairy. BTW: In the Yiddish language, dairy is called Milchig and meat is Fleishig.

But not all products are dairy or meat. Fruits, vegetables, grains and water are “neutral” foods, a.k.a. Pareve or Parve, and can be eaten with a dairy meal or with a meat meal.


Shazak insight

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?

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