Parshat Shmini

“Speak to the children of Israel saying, ‘these are the creatures which you may eat from all of the animals upon the earth: any animal that has split hoofs with clefts through the hoofs and that chews its cud – such you may eat’” (Leviticus 11:2, 3)

April 4, 2013 13:58
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Sigmund Freud 370. (photo credit: Reuters)


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The two main subjects dealt with in this week’s Torah portion of Shmini seem to be totally removed one from the other. First, we read of the tragic death of the two sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, on the eighth day of the consecration of the Sanctuary, and then we read all of the details of the laws of kashrut including detailed lists of animals, fowl and fish which are forbidden.

It seems to me, however, that there is a powerful connection between these two issues, as well as a crucial message for our post-modern age.


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