(Leviticus 11, Deuteronomy 14 were used for list)
In Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 we find lists of clean and unclean animals. The first listing was given for the benefit of the generation that had escaped from Egyptian slavery. In Deuteronomy Yahweh reemphasized this instruction for the next generation as it was about to claim its new territory in the Promised Land.
The two chapters give the same reason for Yahweh’s instruction on clean and unclean meats. In Leviticus 11 Yahweh says that to “be holy” one must avoid the unclean. In Deuteronomy 14 Israel was told not to eat “any detestable thing” (Deuteronomy 14:3), “for you are a holy people to the LORD your Yahweh” (Deuteronomy 14:2-21). To be holy means to be set apart by Yahweh.
The specific purpose Yahweh gave for avoiding unclean meats is holiness. Yahweh wants us to be holy. Since we belong to Him and He purchased us with Yeshua’s blood, He does not want us to contaminate ourselves through any kind of physical or spiritual defilement (1 Corinthians 6:15-20). In Yahweh’s sight refraining from eating unclean animals is an identifying sign of the holiness of those Yahweh has set apart through a relationship with Him.
Those who honor Yahweh should reflect holiness in their thoughts and actions. Yahweh requires holy conduct, a way of life distinctly different from that of the rest of the world. Holiness in conduct is based in attitudes toward Yahweh, others and self that result in actions that avoid causing pain and build lasting beneficial relationships. Of course, being holy means much more than merely avoiding unclean meats. Yeshua spoke of the “weightier matters of the law,” such as judgment, mercy and faith (Matthew 23:23).
Yahweh gave His laws to physical people who suffer the consequences when they do not follow those laws. Breaking His law against adultery, for example, can destroy a marriage and family. Deuteronomy 28 records numerous calamities that befell the Israelites when they failed to obey the laws of Yahweh. But He said he would establish them as a holy people if they would keep His commandments (Deuteronomy 28:9).
Yahweh’s continuing desire for His people to be holy has remained constant. As Paul said, “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love” (Ephesians 1:4).
Torah Clean Foods
Must have both fins and scales
Albacore (Crevalle, Horse Mackerel)
Alewives (Branch & River Herring)
Blueback (Glut Herring)
Blue Runner (Hardtail)
Boston Bluefish (Pollack)
Flounder (Dab, Gray Sole, Yellow Tail)
Frost Fish (Ice Fish, Smelt)
Gulf Pike (Robalo, Snook, Sergeant)
Hardtail (Blue Runner)
Horse Mackerel (Albacore)
Long Nose Sucker
Red Striped Sucker
Red Drum (Redfish)
Redfin (Red Horse Sucker)
Red Striped Sucker
Robalo (Gulf Pike)
Salmon (Chum, Coho, King, Pink, Red)
Sergeant Fish (Gulf Pike)
Silver Hake (Whiting)
Smelt (Frost Fish)
Snook (Gulf Pike)
Tuna (Albacore, Bluefin, Yellowfin)
Whiting (Silver Hake)
Torah Unclean Fish and Seafood:
Must chew the cud and have a divided hoof
Giraffe (Not eaten due to being a protected species)
Torah Unclean Meats
Weasels/Ferrets/ Hares/ Rabbits
Possess elongated middle toe and hind toe, crops and gizzards; not a raptor
Torah Unclean Fowl
Eagles/ Hawk/ Vultures
Red & Black Kite
every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet to leap upon the earth
Torah Unclean Insects:
insects that don’t fly AND hop.
ALL CREEPING THINGS:
Reptiles (alligator, crocodile, lizard, snake and turtle)
Marine Mammals (seal, walrus and sea lion)
Cetaceans (whale, porpoise and dolphin)
Misc. Marine Invertebrates (sea cucumber, star fish, jelly fish, sea anemone)
Also, all foods including breads and things that contain mono and diglycerides and also triglycerides. Be aware that products containing enzymes and stearic acid unless noted as vegetable stearic acid it all contains pig enzymes or other unclean animal by products.
Hidden Animal Ingredients