JEWISH DIET and HYGIENE
"Blessed be You, HaShem
our God, Ruler of the Universe, Who sanctified us in Your Mitzvot,
and commanded us to wash our hands". This is the traditional
(translated) blessing, recited after washing our hands before starting a
meal. This commandment, together with the Jewish
dietary laws, are believed to have saved many Jewish lives in 14th
This month we will read in a Torah portion: "any fatty tissues of oxen, sheep or goat - you shall not eat" (Leviticus ). This prohibition has been observed for more than 3000 years by generations of Jews who did not know anything about cholesterol and health. It probably did not make any sense to waste such a source of energy, but fatty tissues were removed and not eaten because God was watching. Now it makes so much sense that it is even strange to think that people have needed to be educated about this.
We also read: "you shall not eat any blood, in all your dwellings, from fowl or from animal" (Leviticus ). The Torah commands us to cook the meat so that there is no blood left. The Jewish answer to the question: 'how do you want your steak done?' is 'until there is no blood in it'. It may not be very juicy, but God is watching. We now know, after more than 3000 years, that this is the safest way to protect against food poisoning from meat. By the way, this prohibition does not include fish.
What else is in the Book of Life that we do not understand? How many more years will it take before more commandments become understood, reasonable and natural? And then, is there any Jewish dietary law that is known to be unhealthy and damaging?
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