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The Torah In Haiku: Sh'mini

The Torah In Haiku: Sh'mini

Why observe kashrut?
Make a connection with G-d
Strive for holiness

After much detail about what animals may or may not be eaten, this week's portion concludes with these verses:

Lev 11:44-47: For I am Adonai your G-d, and since I am holy, you must [also] make yourselves holy and remain sanctified. Therefore, do not defile your souls [by eating] any small animal that lives on the land. I am Adonai, and I brought you out of Egypt to be your G-d. Therefore, since I am holy, you must [also] remain holy. This then is the law concerning mammals, birds, aquatic creatures and lower forms of terrestrial animals. With this law, you will be able] to distinguish between the unclean and the clean, between edible animals and animals which may not be eaten.

Ed Nickow is a teacher and member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Chai, Long Grove, IL. This post is from his blog, The Torah in Haiku.

Published: 4/05/2013

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