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Eggs


While most late Karaite writers tend to permit them, several early Karaite writers forbade them (e.g., see Yehudah Hadasi's Eshkol HaKofer, Alef Beit 233 [page 89 in the 1836 Gözlöv/Yevpatoria edition]). There are only four mentions of eggs in the whole TaNaKh. The first one (Devarim [Deuteronomy] 22:6-7) says "Ki Yiqqare’ Qen-Sippor LeFaneikha BaDerekh BeKhol-‘Es O ‘Al-HaAres Efrohim O Veisim WeHaEm Roveset ‘Al-HaEfrohim O `Al-HaBeisim Lo’-Tiqqah HaEm ‘Al-HaBanim. Shalle’ah Teshallah Et-HaEm WeEt-HaBanim Tiqqah-Lakh . . ." (If, along the road, you chance upon a bird’s nest, in any tree or on the ground, with fledglings or eggs and the mother sitting over the fledgelings or on the eggs, do not take the mother together together with her children. Send off the mother and you may take the children . . .). Note it says you may take the children, not the eggs.