Health, Nutrition & Torah: Tazria

| April 14, 2010

The Text: Leviticus 13:3-6 “The priest shall examine the affection on the skin of the body…when the priest sees it, he shall pronounce the person impure…the priest shall isolate the affected person for seven days.  On the seventh day the priest shall conduct an examination, and if the affection has remained unchanged in color and Read More

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Health, Nutrition & Torah: Shmini

| April 7, 2010

The Text; The Context: The Jewish dietary laws are given incrementally in the Torah.  Kashrut, the laws of keeping kosher, relate not only to the type of animal but also to the way the animal is slaughtered, soaked, salted and prepared.  In other words, Kashrut is not merely about what something is but also how Read More

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Health, Nutrition & Torah: Tzav

| March 24, 2010

The Text: The Context: What it Means for Advocates: The Torah prohibits human consumption of blood four times.  Jewish tradition forbids the eating of blood.  Isaac Bashevis Singer, a vegetarian, wrote, “Early in my life I came to the conclusion that there was no basic difference between man and animals.  If a man has the Read More

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Health, Nutrition & Torah: Vayikra

| March 17, 2010

The Text: “If your offering is a burnt offering from the herd you shall make your offering a male without blemish.” The Context: A person can offer a blemished animal, an animal that is unfit in the sight of God, but it does not disqualify the human who offers it.  The offering should be unblemished Read More

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