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Parshas Shemini #11

Hello Seforim VaSofrim

The bottom line?

Keeping Kosher is exactly what the Torah says… it’s “Tahor” – a pure, healthy “diet” for our unique Jewish Soul.

Indeed, other great Rabbis speak about this “spiritual benefit.” They say that eating non-Kosher causes a major blockage for anything spiritual. It’s called Metamtem Es HaLev, literally, “it blocks up the heart.”

Think about people who constantly listen to blasting music. After a while, it dulls their hearing.

“Huh?”

“What did you say?!”

“Turn up the volume!”

So too, when someone eats non-Kosher, it actually affects his or her “spiritual hearing.” They may have difficulty understanding and appreciating HaShem’s Torah, or find it a burden to perform Mitzvos.

The good news is that it is never too late! After a switch to a Kosher diet, this “spiritual dullness” can little by little be reversed for the better.

Shazak insight

Insight #1 Title

In addition to the side-benefits of Kosher mentioned by the Rambam and Ramban, there are other Mitzvos that also have “side benefits.”

For example:

  •       Shabbos is a day of rest and resting truly does help a person “reJEWvenate” for the rest of the week.
  •       Keeping Shemitah, not working the land on the 7th year (in Eretz Yisrael), provides a fantastic vacation for the soil so it will be more productive in the following 6 years.
  •       Fasting every once in a while, is healthy – doctors note that this actually helps cleanse the body.

All of these may be “side benefits” but are clearly not the sole reasons for keeping Shabbos, Shemitah, or fast days.

For if that was the case, if Mr. Berel decides to “keep Shabbos” every Thursday, would that be a Mitzvah?! Or how about if a Jewish farmer chooses to “keep Shemitah” every fifth year instead of every seventh year?! Or what about if Mr. Shmerel decides to fast the day after Tisha B’Av instead of on Tisha B’Av?!

Shazak insight

Insight #2 Title

In addition to the side-benefits of Kosher mentioned by the Rambam and Ramban, there are other Mitzvos that also have “side benefits.”

For example:

  •       Shabbos is a day of rest and resting truly does help a person “reJEWvenate” for the rest of the week.
  •       Keeping Shemitah, not working the land on the 7th year (in Eretz Yisrael), provides a fantastic vacation for the soil so it will be more productive in the following 6 years.
  •       Fasting every once in a while, is healthy – doctors note that this actually helps cleanse the body.

All of these may be “side benefits” but are clearly not the sole reasons for keeping Shabbos, Shemitah, or fast days.

For if that was the case, if Mr. Berel decides to “keep Shabbos” every Thursday, would that be a Mitzvah?! Or how about if a Jewish farmer chooses to “keep Shemitah” every fifth year instead of every seventh year?! Or what about if Mr. Shmerel decides to fast the day after Tisha B’Av instead of on Tisha B’Av?!

Shazak insight

Insight #3 Title

In addition to the side-benefits of Kosher mentioned by the Rambam and Ramban, there are other Mitzvos that also have “side benefits.”

For example:

  •       Shabbos is a day of rest and resting truly does help a person “reJEWvenate” for the rest of the week.
  •       Keeping Shemitah, not working the land on the 7th year (in Eretz Yisrael), provides a fantastic vacation for the soil so it will be more productive in the following 6 years.
  •       Fasting every once in a while, is healthy – doctors note that this actually helps cleanse the body.

All of these may be “side benefits” but are clearly not the sole reasons for keeping Shabbos, Shemitah, or fast days.

For if that was the case, if Mr. Berel decides to “keep Shabbos” every Thursday, would that be a Mitzvah?! Or how about if a Jewish farmer chooses to “keep Shemitah” every fifth year instead of every seventh year?! Or what about if Mr. Shmerel decides to fast the day after Tisha B’Av instead of on Tisha B’Av?!

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