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The Torah In Haiku: Acharei Mot

The Torah In Haiku: Acharei Mot

 

 

Bad news for vampires
God says: Don't partake of blood
The life of all flesh

 

 

Of course (do I actually have to say "of course"?) the Torah prohibition isn't about vampires. In the beginning it seemed God wanted us to be vegetarians, allowing for the consumption of meat only after the Flood. This week's portion is one of several places where restrictions are imposed on our carnivorous habit. God allows it, but doesn't want it to be easy.

Lev 17:13-14: If any Israelite or stranger who resides among them hunts down an animal or a bird that may be eaten, that person shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth ... You shall not partake of the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood. Anyone who partakes of it shall be cut off."

Ed Nickow is a teacher and member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Chai in Long Grove, IL. He blogs at The Torah in Haiku.

Ed Nickow

Published: 4/11/2014

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