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How do I know whether a particular bird is kosher or not?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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The Torah provides a list of non-Kosher birds (Leviticus 11:13 and Deuteronomy 14:12). Any bird species not mentioned in this list - and this includes the overwhelming majority of all bird species that exist - is kosher.

Unlike the kosher animals and fish, which are identified not by name but by characteristics so that their identities are clear, the identities of the permissible birds are very cloudy.

 As a result of the various exiles and dispersions the language of the Torah fell into relative disuse, with the result that the exact identities of the non-kosher birds became doubtful.

Therefore, the Code of Jewish Law (Yoreh De'ah 82:2) rules that it is forbidden to eat any species of bird unless there is a well-established tradition that it is kosher.

Amongst the species that are known to be kosher are: chicken, turkey, dove, duck, certain types of geese, pheasant, quail.

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