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Can a Noahide say a blessing on non-kosher food - sodergard - 05-05-2009

Hi! This maybe is a silly question, but is it okay to pray in a room where there is pig meat or some other non-kosher food? I mean, it is permitted for me to eat it, but praying in the closeness of it? Pig is "treif" for Jews; maybe my prayers get "treif"?

RE: praying close to non-kosher food - Director Michael - 05-07-2009

It is certainly OK, and it does not diminish the quality of your prayers. Furthermore, as an observant Noahide, you are also encouraged to say blessings of thanks to G-d before and after you eat it.

RE: praying close to non-kosher food - NiklasTyreso - 06-12-2009

Thats great!
From now on I'l start to thank G-d every time i eat my Swedish blood-pudding!

RE: praying close to non-kosher food - Rebekah Lee-Giam Geok Leng - 06-24-2009

What if the meats got label "Halal" on it ?


Rebekah Giam

RE: praying close to non-kosher food - Director Michael - 06-24-2009

In answer to any questions about whether a Gentile may or should say a prayer of thanks or a blessing to G-d before eating non-kosher food, and/or after eating a non-kosher meal:

Before a Gentile eats or drinks anything that is generally and reasonably accepted and permissible as a normal food, that people would find palatable and not repulsive, it is proper to say words of praise and blessing to G-d, as thanks for that which G-d provides for the person's needs and enjoyment.

An exception would be food that is prohibited to be eaten within the Noahide Code. For example, if a Gentile transgressed by knowingly eating food that had been offered to an idle, or meat that had been severed from a living animal, it would be a further wrongdoing to thank or bless G-d in connection with eating that food. In a similar way, it is forbidden for a Jew to say a blessing for knowingly eating non-kosher food, unless it is an exceptional case when that would be permitted (for example, to save his life).

In the case of halal-certified meat, this has an advantage for Gentiles (as does kosher-certified meat), since there is assurance of not transgressing the prohibition of eating meat that was severed from a living animal. But anyway, regular (non-kosher and non-halel) meat processed from government-certified, large-scale livestock slaughterhouses in the U.S. is usually all OK for Gentiles (Noahides). See