Do not eat the sinew of the thigh

The Literal Commandment

Therefore, to this day the sons of Israel do not eat the sinew of the hip which is on the socket of the thigh, because he touched the socket of Jacob's thigh in the sinew of the hip." (Genesis 32:32)

 

This does not appear to be a direct commandment, rather, it seems to be recognition of a traditional way of honoring the patriarch Jacob— not eating the sinew of the hip which is on the socket of the thigh— since that is the place where G-d touched Jacob as they wrestled (Genesis 32:25).

 

Messiah Says

Messiah implicitly affirmed this commandment when He spoke about the Law:

"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-19)

 

Some have asked about Mark 7:19. Messiah was speaking of ritual impurity resulting from eating bread with unwashed hands. We recommend this detailed study of that passage if you have additional questions.

 

Pictures of Messiah

The nation of Israel seeks to honor their father Jacob in this command. Messiah is the pinnacle of the nation of Israel. Messiah lived and died in obedience to His Father (John 12:49). He honored His Father in all He did. In this commandment we see an example of the honor given by Messiah to His Father.

 

How Messiah Fulfilled

We know that Messiah did not sin (Hebrews 4:15) and so we know Messiah fulfilled this commandment by not eating the sinew of the thigh.

 

Traditional Observance

Traditional observance of this commandment is found in its literal sense: not eating the sinew of the thigh.

 

Other Notes

We are able to fulfill this commandment today and should not eat the sinew of the thigh.

 

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Commandment Details

  • Mishneh Torah # 194
  • Mishneh Torah Book # 5
  • Mishneh Torah Book Holiness
  • Mishneh Torah Category 26- Forbidden Foods
  • Reference Genesis 32:32
  • Scripture Book Genesis
  • Chapter 32
  • Verse 32
  • English Therefore, to this day the sons of Israel do not eat the sinew of the hip which is on the socket of the thigh, because he touched the socket of Jacob's thigh in the sinew of the hip.
  • Hebrew לג עַל-כֵּן לֹא-יֹאכְלוּ בְנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת-גִּיד הַנָּשֶׁה, אֲשֶׁר עַל-כַּף הַיָּרֵךְ, עַד, הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה: כִּי נָגַע בְּכַף-יֶרֶךְ יַעֲקֹב, בְּגִיד הַנָּשֶׁה.
  • Greek (32:33) ἕνεκεν τούτου οὐ μὴ φάγωσιν οἱ υἱοὶ Ισραηλ τὸ νεῦρον, ὃ ἐνάρκησεν, ὅ ἐστιν ἐπὶ τοῦ πλάτους τοῦ μηροῦ, ἕως τῆς ἡμέρας ταύτης, ὅτι ἥψατο τοῦ πλάτους τοῦ μηροῦ Ιακωβ τοῦ νεύρου καὶ ἐνάρκησεν.
  • Parashah 8- Vayishlach
  • Positive/Negative Negative
  • Sefer Hachinuch # 3
  • Sef. Hach. Command Not to eat the sinew of the thigh-vein
  • Category Food
  • We can fullfill today Yes

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