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    Pork-Curious: Rabbi Claims Artificial Meat is Exempt From Kosher Laws

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    A prominent Israeli rabbi stirred up the social media when he suggested that a certain kind of pork made through the power of science may in fact be kosher.

    Yuval Cherlow, a notable Orthodox rabbi from Israel has reportedly announced that meat obtained from genetically cloned pigs is not regular pork and therefore should not be subjected to Jewish dietary laws.

    The rabbi argued that cloning effectively deprives pork of its "identity" and therefore this meat can be freely consumed by Jews, even alongside dairy products (eating meat and milk together is also prohibited by kosher law).

    Some social media users were amused by rabbi’s statements, cracking jokes about religious taboos.

    ​Others remarked that the religious ban on pork can be considered an anachronism today.

    And yet others insisted that the rabbi wasn’t talking about cloning but was rather referring to engineered lab-grown flesh.

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