|Ask Rabbi Lerner|
Can we eat lamb for the Passover Seder meal?
In general, many people refrain from serving roasted meat from any animal - lamb and other - for the Passover Seder meal (the first night of Passover). They don't want their guests to think they might be eating the Paschal sacrifice.
Even where there is no restriction on serving roasted meat, Jewish Law says an entire lamb may not be roasted and served because it would be too similar to the Paschal sacrificial offering. (Code of Jewish Law O.H. 476:1)
In terms of meat, in general, there are laws describing how meat is to be first slaughtered and then butchered before being washed, salted and washed (=kashered). In general, today we eat meat from the forequarter of any animal because 1) it is easy to sell the rear portions to the non-Jewish/non-kosher community and 2) there are very few people who are able to correctly remove forbidden veins and nerves.
I hope that this is helpful. You may want to examine the relevant materials in the Encyclopedia Judaica. It is available in almost every library and has an excellent index to subjects.
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Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner
Foundation for Family Education (FFFE)