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Visitor Comments: 42

(41) תומר, February 27, 2015 10:58 PM

Good lesson, but misleading about the survey.

The kosher industry survey in question did not use an exclusively Jewish sample. What's surprising isn't that 15% select kosher foods because of religious reasons, considering that there /may have been no Jews in the sample whatsoever/, but that a whopping 15% /do/. The overwhelming majority of people who specifically shop for kosher foods are not Jewish. This video leads with the assertion that Jews are eating kosher foods because they're healthier, or what have you, and then admonishes those who are making kosher selections "for the wrong reasons" to change their perspective. The majority of kosher consumers are not /technically/ bound by the strictures of kashrut, but rather they respect the standard of kashrut (a phenomenon which should be considered for its own implications).

(40) rivkah, June 16, 2011 12:51 AM

I eat kosher because that is what HASHEM wants us to do.

By accepting the Torah at Moubt Sinai we obligated ourselves to accept all 613 Mitzvos. We cannot be "pick and choose Jews". We do what we are supposed to do because that is what Hashem wants from us. that is how we become closer to Hashem which is the reason we are here.

(39) Anonymous, May 4, 2010 6:22 PM

To #27

A righteous person sins 7 times a day. God wasn't saying we are w/o sin. When we stay connected to God, while keeping kosher, we should not become holier than thou attitude. Even if you keep kosher 100%, God will be dealing with us on something else we need to grow in. When we do what God says, it puts us in right relationship with him. Open to more of what God wants to say to us, bless us with,(speaking of spiritual blessings) and what he wants us to do. This applies to all people. As explained by others, non-Jews do not have to abide by all 613 mitzvahs to be in right standing with God, only the 7 Noahide laws. (we are on the right path when we have not closed the door to God, saying we won't, but open to God in helping us to keep them) I'm finding my way in keeping kosher. It's not all or nothing--my goal is to be 100% keeping kosher. All of God's commands, illustration: keeping kosher, is just one of the many factors that unites us; on common ground all over the world. Gives us unity in belonging to a universal family. We are not isolated, even though distance separates us. It keeps us together as a unit of believers, in like minded faith.

Anonymous, June 22, 2011 10:12 PM


The statement "A righteous person sins 7 times a day" is probably meant to quote Proverbs 24:16. Please forgive me but the way it is stated is totally false. It implies a leeway of 7 times sinning a day (!) for "otherwise" righteous people (whatever that might mean). The real quote and its simple meaning is as follows: "...For a righteous person MIGHT fall/ 'stumble' EVEN 7 times, but still will arise, whereas an evildoer will fall/'stumble' (only) once and remain as such" A beautiful explanation is that one sees himself as a righteous person, although he may have erred, he has the self-esteem to pick himself up and keep on trying, and doesn't give up. This is similar to a young child that is not embarrassed when falling learning to walk. However when one sees himself as wicked he''ll just give up and won't make the effort to overcome his failings.

(38) Anonymous, May 4, 2010 6:13 AM

To all the rest answering "Because I said so"

Thanks! We shouldn't be robots, we must know and understand the depth of God's word. Trust can be an intellectual belief which is enhanced in knowing God who we are putting our trust in. Moreover, is to rely on God in a way that God approves. That we trust and rely on him in all matters of life, like explained by Loren #32. We can not compromise over the commandments, like all of you have explained in your commentaries. Thanks alot for explaining why God said so. And Guy#35, love your honesty! I have learned alot and have been encouraged by all that has commented. Thank-you!

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