Kosher Does Not Require a Jewish ‘Blessing’
Dear Mr. W.I.,
1. Regarding the first part of your objection, which is that Kosher is not a blessing, the data we have at hand do not coincide with your denial that the rabbis “bless” the food.
Although etymologically the word “Kosher” does not mean blessing but cleaning or purifying and refers to meeting the dietary requirements Moses gave to the Jewish people, the practical application of it is different.
Indeed, in order for meat to be considered Kosher the animal has to be slaughtered using a Jewish ritual. The ritual slaughterer is a practicing "orthodox" Jew known as Schochet or Sachet, other sources call for a Rabbi. In order for meat to be Kosher it must be slaughtered by a Schochet in the proper ritualistic fashion.
The Schochet ritual involves invoking the name of their god for the animal slaughtered. The Schochet uses a special knife and slits the animal’s throat in a prescribed method.
The Schochet prayer is: "Blessed art Thou God who sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us concerning slaughtering." (source here)
In some cases an additional prayer is said for the covering of animal blood that might have been spilled in the slaughtering process. This prayer is: "Blessed art Thou God who sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to cover blood with earth." (source here)
The above prayers are referred to as blessings here.
Therefore, you are ill-informed in your presupposition. It is remarkable that, even being so poorly based on facts, you find yourself secure enough to lecture us.
2. Regarding the second part of your objection, which is that even if there is a “blessing’ in the Jewish food, it would become Catholic after the normal Catholic prayers before a meal are said on it, this also an over-hastiness on your part.
Indeed, there are some curses that are not linked to the power of the prayer of a member of a false religion, but also linked to the matter used in that curse.
For example, there are foods in which the Jews mix dried blood of Catholic children from ritual homicides. This is not a farfetched hypothesis. This case is duly addressed by the credible Jewish author Prof. Ariel Toaff, in his book Bloody Passovers - European Jewish & Ritual Homicides, reviewed in this website here and here.
In the case of blood mixed in the food, the curse will continue in the body of the person who ingested it until it is duly expelled. In the case that blood is assimilated by the organism and transformed into the flesh of the one who ate it, that curse remains for an indefinite period of time.
The same applies for “the blessing” of other false religions. There are spells in Voodoo and Black Magic that use legs of spiders mixed in liquids. The curses on these potions are linked to those legs, which stick to the intestinal walls for a long time. As long as those spider legs are present in the body, the curse remains.
So, your assumption that all “blessings” of false religions disappear when you say the Catholic prayers before your meal is not exact.
We hope that next time you will temper your optimism a little and investigate the matter further before acting as if your opinion represents Catholic doctrine.
3. Finally, regarding your objection that Eastern Catholic rites admit priests and, therefore, the Roman Catholic rite should follow suit, we have already replied to a similar question here.
TIA correspondence desk
Posted July 13, 2017