Torah Portion

Shemini

שמיני

Leviticus 9:1-11:47
Second Samuel 6:1–7:17
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Why Rome Is Likened to a Boar

Why Rome Is Likened to a Boar

The Romans were baffled as to why Jews would not eat pork, an idiosyncrasy which became the subject of speculation as well as ethnic humor.  In response, Jewish texts highlight the way the hated Romans remind the rabbis of pigs and wild boars.

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Malka Zeiger Simkovich
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The Earliest Explanation for Kosher: Allegory in the Hellenistic World

The Earliest Explanation for Kosher: Allegory in the Hellenistic World

Does God have a penchant for cows, goats, and pigeons? A distaste for pigs, mice, and weasels? If not, why are the former permitted to eat but the latter proscribed? According to some Jews and Christians in ancient Alexandria, the Torah’s distinction between clean and unclean meats was intended to tell us as much about how to behave as how to eat.

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Joshua Garroway
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The Animal Laws Before Kashrut: A System of Purity

The Animal Laws Before Kashrut: A System of Purity

The dietary laws in Vayikra are not expressed in terms of kosher (כשר) or not kosher but in the terms of the Priestly purity laws: purity (טהרה), pollution (טומאה), and disgust (שקץ).

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Eve Levavi Feinstein
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How God Was Sanctified through Nadav and Avihu's Death

How God Was Sanctified through Nadav and Avihu's Death

After the shocking death of Nadav and Avihu, Moses says to Aaron that this is what God meant when he said, “through those near to me I will sanctify Myself.”  Rashi, Rashbam, and Nahmanides struggle to understand the meaning of Moses’ message.

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James A. Diamond
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"That Is What YHWH Said" — Moses Interprets Nadav and Avihu's Death

"That Is What YHWH Said" — Moses Interprets Nadav and Avihu's Death

A fire comes forth from God and devours Nadav and Avihu but God does not actually say anything. It is Moses who infers what God was communicating through this act and even formulates a law based on his understanding of God’s message.

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David Frankel
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Shemini

שמיני

Leviticus 9:1-11:47

כֹּל מַפְרֶסֶת פַּרְסָה וְשֹׁסַעַת שֶׁסַע פְּרָסֹת מַעֲלַת גֵּרָה בַּבְּהֵמָה אֹתָהּ תֹּאכֵלוּ׃

ויקרא יא:ג

Any animal that has true hoofs, with clefts through the hoofs, and that chews the cud—such you may eat.

Lev 11:3

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