Jewish Journal


June 6, 2008

Breaking news: Giraffe milk is kosher, Israeli rabbis say


I shot this cellphone video of giraffes at the Los Angeles Zoo two years ago

From our friends at JTA:

Israeli rabbis have declared giraffe’s milk kosher.

Ahead of Shavuot, the festival when dairy foods traditionally are eaten, a team of rabbis and Bar-Ilan University scientists have deemed giraffe’s milk fit to join the kosher menu, Yediot Acharonot reported Friday.

Giraffes chew their cud and have cloven hooves, which qualifies them as kosher under biblical law. But attempts to breed them for meat were abandoned long ago—according to Jewish law, because no one knew for sure where on the animal’s long neck the butcher’s knife should land.

But, according to the experts cited by Yediot, giraffe’s milk is kosher for consumption because technically it is a kosher animal.

I’m wondering—aside from what you would make for Shavuot with giraffe milk (a giraffe milk cheesecake?)—who exactly is gonna go milk a giraffe?

A guess an intrepid modern-day Tevye might be found somewhere. 

Any volunteers?

—The Web Guy

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