The Torah, “Leviticus”, 11; 9-11: These may ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them may ye eat. And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that swarm in the waters, and of all the living creatures that are in the waters, they are a detestable thing unto you, and they shall be a detestable thing unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, and their carcasses ye shall have in detestation.
The word “fin,” which stems from the Hebrew words “hates Light,” symbolizes the Masach (screen) that rejects the Light, not wanting to receive it for itself. Scales refer to the Masach that is above the desires and around the body. Not only does it reject the Light, but also changes it from receiving to bestowal.
These types of desires are weaker than the beastly desires and so they can be used. They don’t need any explanations as to how they should be slaughtered, bled, and eaten. A fish can also be eaten with milk because it isn’t considered meat. Therefore it says “neither fish nor meat.” This is another state of a person’s desire that is much lower than phase four (meat).
The desire called animal is a very complex system, and we should know how to slaughter it, how to prepare it and make it Kosher so that it can be eaten, which means to raise it to the human level. All the desires of the still, vegetative, and animate nature have to be raised to this level.
Things are very simple with the still nature; you simply decide what is fit to be food, like salt, water, etc. You can also test the water on a dog. If a dog drinks it, then a human can drink it too.
In the case of food from the level of the vegetative, we should know what the plant is and whether fruit trees and bushes have given fruit for three years, after which they can be picked and eaten.
If it is fish, it has to have fins and scales. The fish doesn’t have to be slaughtered. If you catch it and throw it on shore and it suffocates it is considered dead. You don’t have to hit it on the head, shoot, or to cut it. It makes no difference how it dies.
With an animal, however, everything is much more serious and complicated since it a great leap from the fish level and even from the level of poultry. You have to determine very accurately if your desire on this level can be corrected in order to bestow.
Animals are slaughtered in a special way, by cutting the neck artery. This is true for all animals except for deer which can be killed by an arrow and still be considered Kosher. There is such an attribute.
All the other farm animals have to be tied and their neck artery cut so that they will bleed quickly and painlessly. Then they have be skinned and the tendon carrier has to be removed, since it is forbidden to eat it. The upper parts of the carcass are separated and the meat is cut and salted for a certain length of time inclined in order to remove all the blood completely. Only then it can be cooked.
What is more, we should know exactly how long the meat is to be cooked so that it is fully cooked. This is an essential condition. This is the process of preparing food from animals that symbolizes the strongest, egoistic desires in us that need such careful correction.
These laws are very complicated and very detailed. If we look at the Babylonian Talmud we will find whole chapters that discuss the preparation of food. But they all explain how to work with our internal desires not how to prepare Kosher food in a restaurant or at home. What we do in our daily life is a tradition, and all these laws are only so that we will attain the human level.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/22/14