The Torah In Haiku: Shemini



Kosher animals?
Cloven hoofed mammals are fine
If they chew their cud

Camels, rabbits? Treif
Each of them brings up its cud
But lacks cloven hooves

And pigs? Not kosher
Yes, it has a cloven hoof
But cud chewer? No.

Leviticus 11:3-4,6-7 – Among mammals, you may eat [any one] that has true hooves that are cloven and that brings up its cud. However, among the cud-chewing, hoofed animals, these are the ones that you may not eat: The camel shall be unclean to you although it brings up its cud, since it does not have a true hoof … The hare shall be unclean to you although it brings up its cud, since it does not have a true hoof. The pig shall be unclean to you although it has a true hoof which is cloven, since it does not chew its cud.

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About Ed Nickow

Ed Nickow is a teacher and member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Chai, Long Grove, IL. This post is from his blog The Torah in Haiku.

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