This is the Instruction for animals, fowl and all living beings that stir in the water, all beings that swarm upon the earth,
that there may be separation between the tamei and the pure,

between the living creatures that may be eaten and the living creatures that you are not to eat. – Leviticus 11:46-47 (Everett Fox translation)

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We want logical reasons for including or excluding this food or that from a religious diet. Is it a matter of health, after all? Or the local ecology?

I suspect the mere act of saying I can’t eat this or won’t eat that – the imposition of a limit and the ability to say “no” – is the ultimate purpose.

We grew up without alcoholic beverages but had pork, which is hardly scriptural.

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I am sensible many are the Temptations to allure you unto Vanity; but as you eye the Lord, they shall not overcome you, he will fight your Battles for you, and lift up a Standard in you against your Souls Enemies, and Satan and his Host shall fall like Lightning before you. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)


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