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April 4, 2013 / conservadox

Tzav Part II

This week’s portion also contains a list of forbidden and permitted foods,  Jews often think of pork as the ultimate forbidden food.  But even though the Torah forbids pork it does not use the term “abomination”- but it does use this term for shellfish and other water creatures without fins and scales (Lev. 11:10-12).  

In fact, Levine calls pigs a borderline case, since they have one of the signs of permitted animals (hooves)- however, they are nonkosher becuase they do not chew their cud or even appear to do so. 

The only reason Jews are obsessed with pig is cultural- pork was popular among Romans and Christians.  Why?  Well, duh.  Pork tastes good; shellfish can taste good but only if you drench it in a LOT of butter.


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