Milk and Meat

Q. How did we progress from not cooking a kid in its mother’s milk to separate dishwashers?  [Nicola aged 12]

A. The Torah tells us in 3 different places not to cook a kid in its mother’s milk. The Oral Law explains that these 3 places refer to 3 prohibitions: 1) Not to cook milk and meat together; 2) Not to eat milk and meat together; 3) Not to benefit from a mixture of milk and meat. In order to avoid these prohibitions, we use separate cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery for milk and meat and have to wash them up separately to avoid any contact between the two. That’s why it’s necessary to keep them apart, even in a dishwasher.[Children's Rabbi]

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