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Kosher Without Sacrifice?  Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47

Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/kosher_without_sacrifice_parashat_shemini_leviticus_91_1147

The most elaborate, comprehensive and effective system for the prevention of animal cruelty was not invented by the FDA or even PETA; it was devised by the Book of Leviticus. This may seem a strange idea. Without question, it swims rather roughly against that trusty river of intuition. Pigeon slaughter is rarely good for pigeons. Bull offerings are not something cows easily stomach. As far as “becoming a sacrificial lamb,” I have it on good authority that this is not what most sheep dream about when they are kids.

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