What Kashrut Is and What Kashrut is Not

What Kashrut Is Not This week’s parsha, Shemini, contains most of the laws of Kashrut, the dietary code of Judaism. Anthropologists have viewed the laws of kashrut as superstitious taboos, or a reflection of the eating habits and norms of the ancient Near East.  One author explained the prohibitions of kashrut as purely a matter of economic necessity.   A number of scholars explain the laws as being an ancient attempt at ...

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Kashrut – Not!!

Parshat Shemini contains within it many of the basic dietary laws of the Torah, known as kashrut.  Anthropologists have viewed the laws of Kashrut as superstitious taboos, or as a reflection of the eating habits and norms of the ancient Near East.  One author explained the prohibitions of Kashrut as purely a matter of economic necessity. A number of scholars explain the laws as being an ancient attempt at a ...

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