Daily Archives: January 23, 2010

Chicken or the egg

We had an interesting debate around our Shabbat table last night. If you shecht (ritually slaughter) a chicken, and there was an egg inside it practically ready to be laid, is that egg pareve or is it fleishig?

We had arguments for pareve, and arguments for fleishig. Comparisons were drawn between a live cow and a dead cow. While the cow is alive the milk is milchig, but once is has been shechted the milk becomes fleishig. Therefore by this reasoning the egg is fleishig. But, countered another brother, min-haTorah (from the Torah) chicken isn’t really supposed to be fleishig anyway, so maybe the egg is pareve.

The boys asked me to ask my readers who know more than we do to let us know their thoughts and what halacha says.

Thank you.

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Ethical or Moral?

My oldest son informed me over Shabbat that he has a job on Monday. What is his job? The senior’s residence near the school is going to be short of eligible men for a minyan (quorum of 10 men) on Monday and he has been asked to help make up the ten. For money. That’s right. They plan on paying him 5 bucks for every time they need him.

He’s 14. He’s thrilled at any prospect to make money.

He is not the type of kid that needs to be paid to do a mitzvah. On the contrary. If they would have just asked him to show up for davening Monday morning he would have gone anyway. Recently for a whole week that there was a shiva in my building he davened shacharit and mincha there as part of the minyan out of the kindness of his heart.

So I guess my question is “is it ethical to pay someone to do a mitzvah?” Discuss.

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