3. What are the things strangled we must abstain from (Acts 15:29)?




They are all those meats of animals which were not killed by throat-cutting but by choking or strangling, a practice of killing animals which is still widespread in the world.

In the law of Moses God commanded that animals must be slaughtered (Deuteronomy 12:15 and Leviticus 3:2,8,13 NIV) and that we must let their blood spurt out of their bodies because we are not allowed to eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood (Genesis 9:4).

The Jews (the Orthodox Jews) do observe this precept because they eat only flesh of clean animals slaughtered (by other Jews) and they abstain from eating the flesh of strangled animals. But as I will explain on another occasion, the killing of the animals they eat must be made according to some peculiar and meticulous rules in order to be in accordance with Halakah (that is, their rule of life). This is the reason why the Orthodox Jews have their own slaughterhouses, so that they may fulfil all the rules concerning the slaughtering of animals.