(#1864) What an expert! (© David Minkoff)
It’s a warm erev shabbes afternoon and Rabbi Landau and Rebbetsin Naomi are relaxing in their kitchen. Rabbi Landau is an expert on astronomy (he’s even got a kind of laboratory set up in his study) and he’s quietly reading some of the latest scientific papers on the subject. Suddenly, from nowhere, a large rock flies at speed through their open kitchen window and lands right in the cholent saucepan which is bubbling away on their gas cooker. They are naturally both very shocked.
When Rebbetsin Naomi has calmed down a bit, she turns to Rabbi Landau and with a worried look asks, "I need a psak. Is our cholent now milchedik or is it still flayshedik? What do you think?"
"Don't worry, darling," replies Rabbi Landau, "I'll take the offending rock out of the cholent and I'll examine it straight away in my laboratory. Then I’ll tell you what I think."
Rabbi Landau returns 30 minutes later and says, "Good news, darling. I am pleased to be able to confirm that our cholent is still flayshedik because the rock is definitely "meteorite."
rebbetsin: the wife of a rabbi
cholent: a stew simmered overnight (for more than 12 hours) over a very low flame, and served by mainstream observant Jews for lunch on shabbes
milchedik: pertaining to kosher dairy foods
flayshedik: pertaining to kosher meat dishes
psak: rabbinic ruling