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Dec. 6th, 2007

07:55 am - An interesting take on Jewish dietary laws

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From:r_wolfcastle
Date:December 11th, 2007 07:54 am (UTC)
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It seems to me the main ideas behind Kashrut boil down to "hey, all we know are that people [sometimes] get really sick when they eat these particular things". To carry such proscriptions, rooted in ignorance, forward some 2000+ years into the age of ubiquitous refrigeration and scanning electron microscopes strikes me as backwards to say the very least.

The Torah says that insects have four legs, that some birds have four legs, and that rabbits chew the cud. Who are you gonna believe -- modern science or a dozens of centuries old document with obvious flaws?

Nevermind, I already know the answer to that rhetorical question.
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From:generalist
Date:December 14th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)
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Hi!

I think you are missing the point when you say: "Who are you gonna believe -- modern science or a dozens of centuries old document with obvious flaws". Because it is not so much about belief than it is about actions. If a particular person believes that all other people are evil, and wants to commit murder every day, but nonetheless lives a life of helping others and enriching their lives, do you really care what they believe? Does it matter? What if someone believes all kinds of good things, but also happens to run over a small child with their car every day of the week?

For many, Kashrut is not about belief at all, but about having a connection, albeit weak, to thousands of years of history and practice that were in many cases based on belief, and in many cases not. Judaism is one of the few religions in which culture is in many ways stronger than faith or belief--thus the legions of Jewish atheists.

Cheers! generalist

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