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Do you eat Insects? – Forbidden Animals In Judaism and Hinduism

Perspectives on Religious Food Regulations – Dialogical Lecture Series (video recording available in German)

Event graphic: Red and blue collage showing photo cutouts of food and silverware. Inscription in white: Kosher to go

Many animals are forbidden to eat in Judaism: pigs, insects, rabbits, snails, shellfish, other fish without fins and scales, and dogs. Hindu religions also include prohibitions on meat consumption. Some Hindus refrain from consuming meat altogether, while others only avoid beef.

What is the theological reasoning for these prohibitions? And what ethical notions have they emerged from? Do ethnology or anthropology have models for explaining Jewish and Hindu rules surrounding meat eating?

video recording available

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The W. M. Blumenthal Academy is marked in green


W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)

Video recording from 30 September 2021, in German; Jewish Museum Berlin 2021

Renate Syed

Renate Syed is a scholar of Indian studies and Sanskrit. She teaches Indian philosophy, cultural history and art at the Institute for Indology and Tibetan Studies at the University of Munich. Her areas of expertise include Sanskrit, the modern Indian languages of Hindi and Urdu, and Indian cultural history and philosophy. She has many publications on the “third gender” and transgender identity in India, dietary laws in Hinduism, and the construction of masculinity in Indian culture.

Asher J. Mattern

Asher J. Mattern is a research associate at the Institute of Ecumenical and Interfaith Research at the University of Tübingen, where he regularly offers comparative courses together with Muslim colleagues. In his research and publications, he brings philosophical traditions into dialogue with rabbinical thought.

The dialogical lecture will be chaired by Shlomit Tripp.

Portrait photos of the two lecturers Dr. Renate Syed and Dr. Asher J. Mattern

Dr. Renate Syed (left) und Dr. Asher J. Mattern (right); Jewish Museum Berlin

Where, when, what?

  • When Thu 30 Sep 2021, 7 pm
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
    (Opposite the Museum)

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