We learn from here that one who eats forbidden foods creates a blockage
of the heart and the Shekhinah (G-d's Holy Presence) cannot rest on him.
(Read more: Forbidden foods block the heart by Rabbi Ya'aqob Menashe, http://www.atorahminute.com/
The Alef is missing from "wenitmethem" so that it can be read as "lest you become dulled" - forbidden foods dulls one's spiritual potential, it contaminates the soul and creates a barrier between the Jew and his perception of God. As painkillers dull the nerves, so do forbidden foods dull the spiritual antennae.
"Among the commandments relating to the slaughter of animals is the severe prohibition against eating blood (Leviticus 17:10-14, 7:23-27, Genesis 9:4, Deut. 12:16, 15:23, 1 Samuel 14:31-35), which is one of the fundamentals of our daily dietary code. The Shechitah method of slaughter ensures that the vital blood of the animal, strictly forbidden for consumption, is shed at the time of slaughter. The removal of the veins of the animal by the butcher and subsequent salting of the meat according to ritual law ensure the removal of the blood from the meat.
This is necessary because an animal spirit resides in the blood. If this blood is consumed by man, he falls from his level and is overcome by (animalistic lusts) an animal spirit. The laws of Kashrus are the very foundation of a diet that ensures that we have a human spirit, and that we think and behave like Bney Adam"
(Universal Torah Lessons for Humanity from the Weekly Parshah (ACHAREI MOS) by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum).
Today in Jewish History 8 Elul By Rabbi Shraga Simmons: On this date in 1893, kosher slaughter was declared illegal in Switzerland -- a ban that continues until today. That same year, kosher slaughter was prohibited in the German region of Saxony. Today, Norway also bans kosher slaughter, and other European countries such as the UK have taken the matter under consideration. Sometimes these laws are anti-Semitic in nature, but couched in humanitarian terms. The issue is one of great sensitivity for the Jewish community, being that one of the first enactments of the Nazis in 1933 was to outlaw kosher slaughter -- an act of horrible irony that preceded the slaughter of 6 million Jews (Aish.com).
European Rabbis Urge Dutch to Reject Kosher Slaughter Ban: European rabbis rally, urge Dutch senators to reject a ban on kosher slaughter already passed by the lower house of parliament. In June,
the Dutch parliament voted
by a majority of 116 against 30 to ban kosher slaughter in the country. The legislation requires animals to be stunned prior to slaughter, except if it is proven that animals suffer less without first being stunned.
The proposal for the bill claimed that there is evidence that the practice of kosher slaughtering causes animals unnecessary pain and suffering. The truth, however, is that
Jewish slaughter does not cause suffering
Slaughtering: A special method of slaughtering animals (Deut. 12:20). You won’t
find it in the entire Written Bible how to slaughter the animal ”as I have
In kosher animals (Goat, cow, bull, chicken, sheep),
permitted by the Torah for consumption by Jews, the blood flowing in the
vertebral artery joins with blood flowing in the front (carotid) artery. This
results in absolutely no pain during Jewish ritual slaughter.
The effect of Shechita on the blood flow of
permitted animals: Normal state: blood flows directly from the heart to the
brain by way of the carotid artery and vertebral artery together.
Immediately after Shechita, blood from both arteries
leave the body. Immediately after Shechita, blood supply to the brain – through
both carotid and vertebral arteries – is stopped. Loss of conciousness occurs
within two seconds due to lack of Oxygen.
The halachic requirement to salt meat after
slaughter in order to extract the remaining blood, is derived from the
prohibition against consuming blood.
In animals (pig, horse, dog) that the Torah forbids
Jews to eat, the blood flows from the vertebral artery directly into the brain.
This means that loss of consciousness at the time of Shechitah takes longer in
these animals and can possibly cause them suffering (The coming Revolution:
Science Discovers the Truths of the Bible By Zamir Cohen).
Christians feel that Leviticus 17:10-14 that speaks about the prohibition against eating blood and the commandment to cover it is the number one proof-text that atonement can only be achieved through the shedding of blood.
They conclude from Leviticus 17:11 (Hebrews 9:22) that only by being covered in the blood of the cross can man have any hope of being forgiven by God for his sins. Is this claim really true?
Could Jesus' Death Atone For Any
Kind of Sin?
Christians often draw a comparison between the Paschal lamb and Jesus, insisting that the former foreshadows the latter. This idea is advanced in the New Testament, particularly in the Book of John, where Jesus is portrayed as the fulfillment of the Passover lamb.
Yet how valid a point is this? What is the meaning of this holiday sacrifice? Did the Passover Lamb Foreshadow Jesus?
"And He said, "Go (Isaiah) and say to this people, 'Indeed you hear, but you do not understand; indeed you see, but you do not know.'
This people's heart is becoming fat, and his ears are becoming heavy, and his eyes are becoming sealed, lest he see with his eyes, and hear with his ears, and his heart understand, and he repent and be healed" (Isaiah 6:9-10, Deut. 32:15-21).
This verse expresses the three conditions of Teshuvah (Repentance). It is not sufficient to "see with one's eyes" – to attain a perception of God – without "hearing with the ears", i.e. seeking to contemplate, grasp and internalize the perception in order to come to "understanding in the heart", whereby the perception actually governs one's future actions. It is repentance that brings true healing (Likutey Moharan I, 6).
KNOW YOUR BIBLE:
At the end of Leviticus Ch. 11, the Torah stresses the reason for kashrus very clearly: By observing these laws the Jew pulls himself up the ladder of holiness, by ignoring them, he contaminates himself and builds a barrier that blocks out his comprehension of holiness.
Just a as someone who is constantly exposed to loud music and harsh noise slowly and imperceptibly loses his ability to hear fine sounds and detect subtle modulations, so too consumption of non-kosher food deadens a Jew's spiritual capacities and lessens his opportunities to become holy. And worst of all, it renders him incapable of even perceiving his loss.
Timtum halev (blockage of the heart), therefore, comes from the wrong things going into one's mouth.
Contrary to the teaching of the Torah the author of Mark 7:18-19 NAS states: "And He said to them, "Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?" (Thus He declared all foods clean.).
The Apostle Paul's
fundamental message that it is no longer necessary to keep the Commandments required in the Torah, is a recurring theme repeated and emphasized throughout the New Testament. Clearly if Jesus is to play the central determining role in man’s salvation, the necessity to keep the Commandments must be eliminated. See also Colossians 2:13-16, Luke 11:37-42, Acts 10:9-16, 11:1-11, Titus 1:10-16.
"Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt; and thou knowest no God but Me, and beside Me there is no saviour. I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought. When they were fed, they became full, they were filled, and their
heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten Me.
Therefore am I become unto them as a lion; as a leopard will I watch by the way;
I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the enclosure of their heart; and there will I devour them like a lioness; the wild beast shall tear them" (Hosea 13:4-8).
None is more dangerous than a great bear embittered over the loss of his young, who attacks whoever he meets and tears apart his victim's chest to get to his heart – so God will tear open the closed heart of the people - which prevents them from returning to Him.
Deut. 10:16 "Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked." Deut. 30:6,8 "And the LORD thy God will circumcise thy heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. And thou shalt return and hearken to the voice of the LORD, and do all His commandments which I command thee this day." One expresses love of God, by performing His commandments purely out of love.
written Torah says, you shall circumcise... What? The ear? The Heart? The Oral
Torah will tell you what, and how you should you it.
Ezekiel 36:26-27 "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart (the Evil Inclination, Zec. 13:2) out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep Mine ordinances, and do them." See Ezekiel 37:21-28.
we expect the prophets and the great men of God to observe the Oral Law if it
was invented by the rabbis of later times?
did Daniel risk his life
by keeping the Oral
Daniel, three times a day he got down on his knees to pray, giving thanks to
God, facing toward Jerusalem.
resolved not to be defiled by the king’s
(Nebuchadnezzar’s) food nor his wine. He refused to consume, non- kosher, food
and wine prepared by a gentile.
Daniel resolved not to be defiled by the king's food
or by the wine he drank, so he requested of the king's chief officer that he should not be defiled. God granted Daniel kindness and mercy before the chief officer... "Now test your servants for ten days, and let them give us some pulse (a type of beans) that we should eat, and water that we should drink.
And at the end of the ten days (Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah), they looked handsomer and fatter than all the youths who ate the king's food. And to these youths, the four of them, God gave knowledge and understanding in every script and wisdom, and Daniel understood all visions and dreams.
And the king spoke with them, and of all of them, no one was found to equal Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; and they stood before the king.
And in every matter of the wisdom of understanding that the king requested of them, he found them ten times better than all the necromancers and astrologers in all his kingdom" (See Daniel 1:8-20). ABC's Of Kosher (Aish.com).
"Isaiah 65:2-7 apply to the sinners of Israel in later times, who by "eating the flesh of the swine" (v 4) "violate everything forbidden by the Torah" (RaDaK ad loc.). The "broth of abominable things… in their vessels" refers to every other kind of unclean food (ibid.).
In earlier times just as today, the self-important sinners of Israel thought that their own "enlightened" pathway of assimilation with the nations set them apart from and made them holier than their "unenlightened" brothers who still clung faithfully to HaShem's Torah (v 5).
Isaiah 66:17 tells us who will be the main components of the forces of Gog and Magog. "Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves in the gardens" are people who present themselves as being pure and holy while in fact they are impure. RaDaK (ad loc.) states that "these are the Ishmaelites, who purify their bodies and perform frequent ablutions yet are impure because of their evil, filthy deeds. They make a pretense of being pure but they are not".
RaDaK states that "those who eat the flesh of the swine" are "the NOTZRIM, because the Ishmaelites do not eat the flesh of the swine. The Ishmaelites do consume milk and meat from the unclean camel. The verse says that "together they shall perish" RaDaK ad loc. comments: "'Together', i.e. the Notzrim and the Ishmaelites, will perish in the war of Gog and Magog, because these two empires hold sway in this world, and this is the fourth empire/kingdom/beast in the visions of Daniel Chs. 2, 7" (See AZAMRA).
And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron; forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and beateth down all things; and as
iron that crusheth all these, shall it break in pieces and crush.
And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom;* but there shall be in it of the firmness of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
The lands of the Roman Empire came to be dominated
by Edom and Ishmael, represented by Christianity and Islam.
Both – one as strong as iron, the other as weak as pottery,
comprise the latter day, "Fourth Kingdom" (Abarnel).
And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so part of the kingdom shall be strong, and part thereof broken. And whereas thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves by the seed of men; but they shall not
cleave one to another, even as iron doth not mingle with clay.*
*Rabbi Sa'adia Gaon endorses the view that the fourth kingdom is divided between Aram (iron) and Ishmael (clay). As to their being "iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men": this signifies that Jewish seed will be mixed in with these peoples as will the seed of many other peoples living with them – except that they will not be truly attached to one another just as iron and clay don't hold together.
We can see aspects of this end-of-time prediction in today's kind-of alliance between Britain-U.S.A. and Saudi Arabia etc. The degree of intermingling of Jewish seed in many nations can be gauged from today's rates of intermarriage and assimilation (See AZAMRA).
And in the days of those kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom (the kingdom of David), which shall never be destroyed; nor shall the kingdom be left to another people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, but it shall stand for ever (Daniel 2:40-44).
Ezekiel 37:19-28 "Say to them, So says the Lord God: Behold I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim and the tribes of Israel his companions, and I will place them with him with the stick of Judah, and I will make them into one stick, and they shall become one in My hand.*
And the sticks upon which you shall write shall be in your hand before their eyes.
*In the end of days the great fissure that has divided the Children of Israel since the death of King Solomon will be healed, and the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, who are called the "Jews" (Esther 2:5), will be reconciled with the lost Ten Tribes and become "one in My hand" – "they shall become ONE NATION before Me" (Targum ad loc.). As it is written: "In those days, the house of Judah will go with the house of Israel, and they will come together from the north land to the land that I caused your forefathers to inherit" (Jeremiah 3:18, 23:7-8, 31:7-9).
And say to them, So says the Lord God: Behold I will take the children of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side, and I will bring them to their land.
And I will make them into one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel, and one king shall be to them all as a king; and they shall no longer be two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms anymore.
And they shall no longer defile themselves with their idols, with their detestable things, or with all their transgressions, and I will save them from all their habitations in which they have sinned, and I will purify them, and they shall be to Me as a people, and I will be to them as a God.
And My servant David shall be king over them, and one shepherd shall be for them all, and they shall walk in My ordinances (MISHPATIM) and observe My statutes (CHUKIM) and perform them.
And they shall dwell on the land that I have given to My servant, to Jacob, wherein your forefathers lived; and they shall dwell upon it, they and their children and their children's children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever.
And I will form a covenant of peace for them (Isaiah 54:10, 32:17-18, 48:17-19, Deut. 6:24-25, Leviticus 26:1-9, Ezek. 34:23-31), an everlasting covenant shall be with them; and I will establish them and I will multiply them, and I will place My Sanctuary in their midst forever.
And My dwelling place shall be over them, and I will be to them for a God, and they shall be to Me as a people.
And the nations shall know that I am the Lord, Who sanctifies Israel, when My Sanctuary is in their midst forever."
"Return (shuva), O Israel, unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast stumbled in thine iniquity. Take with you words (prayer), and return unto the LORD; say unto Him: 'Forgive all iniquity, and accept that which is good; so will we render for bullocks the offering of our lips" (Hosea 14:2-3, 3:4-5). Prayer replaces the sacrificial system during the Exile until the Messianic Age.