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Friday, April 01, 2011

The animal you may eat and the animals you may NOT eat.

Chapter 11 of Leviticus goes through the type of animals and Israelite may eat and those they may not eat. It does give a reason in 11:45 "For I am YHWH who brought you out of Egypt to be your Lord you shall be holy for I am holy."

Because we God saved the Jewish people in Israel we owe more to God then other nations do.

Anyway the whole chapter 11 discusses the various animals and what aspects make then that we are allowed to eat (have a slip hoof, chew it's cud for animals have to have both and the bible gives a few examples) and for fish (have fins and scales).

The one that is less known (at least I didn't even realize it) is insects and some insects are allowed to be eaten as this it the JPS translation of Leviticus 11:20-23.

"All winged swarmed things that walk on fours shall be an abomination to you. But these you may eat among all the winged and swarmed things that walk on fours all that have above their feet jointed legs to leap with on the ground of these you may eat the following: locusts of every variety, all varieties of bald locusts, crickets of every variety, and all varieties of grasshopper. But all other winged swarmed things that have four legs shall be an abomination to you."

Anyone know more about this. The Stone Artscroll just repeats the hebrew world for these insects but clearly God wanted us to separate some insects from others that we were allowed to eat.

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