Which imaginary animals are kosher?


32 Responses to “Which imaginary animals are kosher?”

  1. bulletproofheeb says:

    @24 If you’re still lurking aroundI have a question for you!

    On Star Trek they get most of their food from “replicators” which use energy stores (pretty much batteries) and convert the energy into matter as food.

    If they order a plate of ribs then the replicator makes it based on instructions of pork ribs but the meat is not actually from a pig. It’s from a battery. Would that be kosher since it did not come from an animal? Or would the fact that the programming instructions for “ribs” are based on pork make it traif?

  2. scottfree says:

    I’m a little surprised by the assertion that the Baku doesn’t chew its cud. Who knows how a Baku would go about eating nightmares?

  3. scottfree says:

    And incidentally, how is sentience determine? Because, turning to the back of my Tenach, I notice there is no quiz your friends are you sentient tear out yes or no test…

  4. Anonymous says:

    First off I am an Orthodox Rabbi and used to work in Kashrus certification. Transgenetics usualy have no affect on the kashrus of a food as long as it meets the criteria lin the Torah of being kosher, ie a cow with pig genes which still chews cud and has a split hoof would be kosher. Gemera Chulin also states that the offspring of a kosher animal are considered kosher (although they must also meet the health requirements to be considered edible, it must be in a health state that one would expect it to live a year) so even a non-split hoof deformed cow who is otherwise healthy could be eaten. What is interesting is that there would be room to question wether we could eat a trans-genetic pig, rabbit, lizard, whatever who had both split hoof and chewed its cud. Likely since there would be no reinforcing tradition most would not.

  5. scottfree says:

    /All/ gm is out, so even if they mixed a pig and a cow to make it chew its own cud [and not anyone else's], it still wouldn’t be kosher.

    Its a big deal because in the uS, gm food isn’t labelled, so poor old grans are probably losing lots of mitzvah points right now.

  6. Anonymous says:

    @14, its not 1/160 it is 1/60 as per the phrase ‘batel be shisim’. In any event, you can know about it, for example, if you had a meat stew and you spilled a drop of milk in it. As long as you were under 1/60 you would be ok.

  7. girasol says:

    The Mulefoot Hog has a single, not cloven, hoof. It is found in the American South… does that count as a “Kog”?

  8. Robert says:


    No, all humans are treyf. Yeccch, #11, bleccch! Next question?

  9. cstatman says:

    oh this is brilliant, and just in time for passover.

    thank you. I will consider it when stopped up from the Matzah

  10. Stefan Jones says:

    That was hilarious!

    Aren’t some insects kosher? That would make certain aliens fit for noshing.

  11. Antinous says:

    But everyone raves about my manticore casserole!

  12. Takuan says:

    ummmmm,how do they feel about Krakens and Leviathans? (I very strongly suggest you consider your answer carefully)

    on a more serious note, last night I dreamed of Last Waves

  13. spaceling says:

    Regarding the Leviathan (post #4, Takuan), we can assume it is kosher because in Jewish mythology the primordial creature is supposed to be consumed by the righteous (tzaddikim) at the end of days. Given that some of the righteous will probably be Jewish, it pretty much a given its kosher although since the proportions of the creature are cosmically ginormous, the responsibility for shechting (slaughtering) it properly is given over to God.

  14. Antinous says:

    Repressed emotion trying to escape.

  15. scottfree says:

    call a drumstick!!! You heard that right Gd?

  16. Takuan says:

    naw, portents of Doom

  17. trimeta says:


    The only kosher insect are some species of locusts, and authorities debate over which species (some going so far as to say “We’re not sure which ones so you’re safest eating none.”) So, not really generalizable to aliens.

  18. eustace says:

    I was curious concerning afreets, but further reading satisfied my curiosity.

  19. Takuan says:

    jerked duppy, she number one!

  20. ggm says:

    by implication trans-gene mixes of treyf and non-treyf are treyf.


  21. hundredsofthousands says:

    so would such implications mean make my French Catholic-by-birth mother overrule her conversion prior to my birth, and my growing up Jewish?

  22. Anonymous says:

    Oh man, the Pope Lick Monster of one of the boogey-men of my childhood. It’s supposed to me this half-man, half-goat monstrosity created as the result of a horrible accident on the Pope Lick train trestle outside of Louisville, KY. When we were brave, we would drive out to the trestle at night (it’s in a very secluded, creepy, run down wooded area) and dare each to run and touch the base of the trestle. One time, we locked my cousin out of the car and drove off. He cried.

    Good times.

  23. Takuan says:

    unquestionably cloven hooves (ie: ok)

  24. bloggersmosaic says:

    the answer….the one who is n’t created yet,

  25. trimeta says:


    I’d expect that when she converted, all of her treyf genes converted as well, so you’ve got nothing to worry about.

    What interests me more is the case of low concentrations of treyf; apparently if less than 1/160th of a product is treyf AND you don’t know about it, it’s OK. This observer effect implies there is a whole field of quantum kashrudynamics to study.

  26. Agent 86 says:

    Don’t touch that Pope-Lick-Monster, you don’t know where he’s been!

    …seriously, how have they not starved?

  27. Anonymous says:

    Why is the jackalope banned? Rabbits and hares do NOT chew the cud. (come to that , the rabbit itself should not be banned on that basis).

  28. Anonymous says:

    The leviathan being a creature of Hebraic cannon is specificaly mentioned as being both kosher and being served by G-d at the final sukkot festival where we dine inside a giant sukkah made from its skin!

  29. Anonymous says:

    how things are kosher?
    -If it grows from the ground then kosher from time of garden of eden
    -If living creature then permitted post noah for humans but parts torn off while the animal is alive must never be consumed
    -If living creature must meet the following criteria for Jews post giving of torah on Mt Sinai:
    -birds from the list given in the torah, we have lost some of the names because of moving around so now we only eat those with a tradition of being kosher
    -animals must have a split hoof and chew cud
    -sea creatures must have fins and scales
    -some locusts are kosher

  30. ill lich says:

    Considering the answer for the Hippocamp (horse-fish) — “Unfortunately, the horse part makes it treyf, and a little bit of treyf makes everything treyf. So if you had 99 percent fish and one percent horse it would still be treyf.”

    AND considering that people are requesting a kosher hog. . .

    It is not unreasonable to assume that geneticists may someday add a bit of swine DNA to a tomato (like they already have with fish DNA), for some reason– I would assume that (according to the hippocamp decision) any tomato with added swine DNA is no longer kosher.

    Is it a tomato or not? Is genetic code “part of a hog” or is it just information, like ones and zeros?

    Also, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

    And that reminds me– how do vegetarians feel about tomatoes with fish (or other animal) DNA?

    So many questions.

  31. Jordan M says:

    When will geneticists work on a truly worthy project: the Kosher Hog aka the Kog.

    Just a little bit of modification to those hooves and we’d be in business.

  32. creative intuition says:

    I wonder what cooked Vegetable Lamb of Tartary would taste like.

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