So these past few weeks in our Torah portion studies, we have been in Leviticus. The subject of blood and fat is the topic that keeps coming up and its a source of major confusion in the Hebrew Roots community.
There are many examples of legalistic interpretaion concerning many of the commandments that so many people get wrong to the point of really making their lives difficult. Today you have many who believe we need to boil and salt your clean meats in order to make them biblically consumable. This is ridiculous and I have heard many so called Torah teachers teach this to others. CRAZY!
I don’t consider myself a Torah teacher. Don’t think of me that way. I’m just someone who is trying to learn the best way I can and praying for understanding. I’m attacking this topic armed with the word, world experience and a little common sense. Most of the confusion on this topic with people both in Judiaism and Hebraic circles is the result of people totally ignorant of the actual butchering process of animals and clinging to talmudic traditions unawares.
Starting off, there is a difference in blood of any animal. There is hemoglobin and there is myoglobin. Hemoglobin is the blood that runs through your veins. Its the blood that brings you life and the blood your heart pumps through your body. Myoglobin is the blood that is found in the muscle and skin tissue of your body or an animals body.
As someone who has butchered many animals, hemoglobin is the blood that spills out on the ground during the process of killing the animal. Its almost has a gelatin consistency and coagulates very easy.
Hemoglobin is the blood that is talked about in scripture that the priest would collect and use on the alter. There is NO COMMANDMENT in scripture despite crazy interpretations of some that say we need to salt or boil meat that we personally consume in our habitations. It is physically impossible to remove all the myoglobin in your meat. Folks that try to do so are doing so in a futile attempt to abide by some talmudic tradition not found in Torah.
Feel free to cook your steaks medium, medium rare. Trying to overcook and boil your meat is a result of not knowing the simple difference in animal anatomy. Hemoglobin and Myoglobin. Learn the differnce.
I keep seeing a huge misunderstanding about fat as well among believers. Many keep teaching and believing that they need to cut every sliver of fat off their meat and cook their meat so well done that most fat is completely burned out. The result is a horribly tasting meal.
Again, this is a result of no experience with animal anatomy. When you butcher farm livestock, the animal will usually have a healthy amount of fat in the gut surrounding the liver and kidneys. On a cow, this is called the Suet. On a pig, this is called Leaf Lard and is often used in pie crusts and other recipies. The fat has a fine consistency and is often compared to Crisco. Consuming this fat is a practice against Torah.
Anytime you see directions in Torah to not eat the fat, it is refering to the Suet fat found in livestock surrounding the liver and kidneys. But because most people today think their meat comes neatly wrapped in their local supermarket and have never butchered an animal, they have no idea what Suet fat even is and so they interpret these verses found in Torah as regular fat on their meat. Thus they think and incorrectly teach that they need to make sure all their meat is as fat free as possible and that its wrong to eat it. Again, its impossible to actually cook and slice all of your fat off your meat.
The fat that our Father is instructing us to NOT EAT is the Suet fat found internally surrounding the liver and kidneys. Don’t eat THAT fat. Its silly to be slicing off every sliver of fat off your steak. You can if you want but you don’t have to.
Just silly Misunderstanding.
I have seen so many crazy things posted about this topic. I even saw Maria Merola posting a crazy article from some Jewish Rabbi about how eating meat that wasn’t well done resulted in men with altered DNA because of consuming animal blood, thus turning them into potential rapists! This is borderline insanity. The article provided zero scientific evidence or study information for the claim.
We as 21st century Americans are so removed from farm life that we have no idea what the Torah is talking about when the subject of butchering and consuming animals come up. Just as crazy is the practice that you have to kill your animal a certain way. A certain way to kill your animal is never actually described in Torah for either sacrifice or killing an animal for consumption.
Beware of traditions, read scripture and study the actual Hebrew for yourself.