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The Real Reason I Eat Kosher

And it‘s not because it’s more healthy.

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(7) Jay, July 24, 2014 6:50 PM

What is your true motive for being a Rabbi?

Those who search out the precise reasons behind the Torah's teachings, examining and clarifying everything, learn Torah for its own sake. Alternatively, those who do not labor sufficiently in the Torah, learn for ulterior motives. Artscroll, Tractate Shabbos, 63a(3)

Anonymous, August 1, 2014 10:13 AM

True Motives?

Rabbi Yehuda says that your are supposed to learn Torah- for the sake of Torah, that's it.
Even if one thinks or finds a good reason for a certain Mitzvah, it doesn't mean that it is the reason ,or even a reason, it could even be on the contrary. The Chunuch says multiple times that Ta'amei HaMitzvot are only for a better understanding for our minds to sleep peacefully and not be restless over these weird acts, the only reason for the whole Torah is ONLY because God said so, that's it, for why does it matter to God if you shake a citron or a lemon, what's the difference?.

Jay, September 1, 2014 1:43 AM

I ask once again "What is your true motive for being a Rabbi?"

If one just wants to perform the MItzvahs in the Torah, then learning the Torah will not really be necessary. A Rabbi can tell you what to do.
But as you quote Rabbi Yehuda, "that your are supposed to learn Torah- for the sake of the Torah, that's it." What do you think this means? What Rabbi Yehuda said is the Torah is not just a Book of meanless instructions (God forbid) Everything in the Torah is rich in meaning, and when we fulfill the Mitzvah of learning Torah we greatly benefit from it's entirety. No part of the Torah is for the purpose of being ignored.

And in the Torah it states, Vayikro 11:43 "Do not make yourselves repulsive by eating any creeping creature that crawls, and do not make yourselves unclean with them, for you will become unclean because of them."

This does not only refer to insects, because through a Kal Vachomer we learn, if a creeping creature that crawls, i.e. a small insect, according to the Torah will make you unclean, i.e. unhealthy, how much more would this apply to a larger animal.

Being that this is out in the open, in the Chumash for everyone to see and it is the Rabbis and Aish's undertaking to convey the teachings of the Torah, I ask once again "What is your true motive for being a Rabbi?"

(6) Peter, July 24, 2014 4:13 PM

Excellent explanation!

Excellent explanation!

(5) Howard Yagerman, July 24, 2014 2:40 PM

I am Jewish

It may be a tautology but I keep kosher not because I believe but because I am Jewish.Everytime I put something in my mouth,I am reminded that I am Jewish.Are the other foods tempting,yes, but they would compromise who I am.Kosher identifies me for who I am and that is enough.

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