Parshas Hashavuah Question: The laws of Kashrut are revised in this weeks parsha- what is it about the pig?

that makes it be singled out for such revulsion? Other animals are listed- yet it is universally the pig that is seen as the symbol of an unkosher animal.

This weeks Parsha is Re'eh Devarim (Deuteronomy) 11:26-16:17
Update: Challahgirl: heh, not every question has to be impossible to get; I do allow myself ones on occasion that I expect people to answer LOL.
Update 2: Canute: Trotters ARE cloven hooves. However, that is part of the answer- you just need to state what is about that fact that puts it into a category of its own.
Update 3: Gershon your drosha is very interesting, but it does nto answer this question. The reason for the pig is a very Jewish one, and is independent of any Christian reasoning.
Update 4: edit: Congrats to Olinrar and gabi- both have the correct answer but there can be only one BA! Drybri: Its not actually correct that all Kosher animals are vegetarians. You have the Duiker, (a form of small deer), which while its diet is mainly vegetarian, also feeds off carion and insects. A very... show more edit: Congrats to Olinrar and gabi- both have the correct answer but there can be only one BA!

Drybri: Its not actually correct that all Kosher animals are vegetarians. You have the Duiker, (a form of small deer), which while its diet is mainly vegetarian, also feeds off carion and insects. A very interestign little animal, and a surprising one to find as an omnivore.
Update 5: ANSWER in greater detaileen sta: As has bted, the reson for the especial revulsion felt towards the pig is the manner in which it portrays itself as Kosher on the outside, but is unkosher on the inside. The Meforshim compare this to a perosn who misrepresents themselves, the one who puts themselves forward as... show more ANSWER in greater detaileen sta: As has bted, the reson for the especial revulsion felt towards the pig is the manner in which it portrays itself as Kosher on the outside, but is unkosher on the inside. The Meforshim compare this to a perosn who misrepresents themselves, the one who puts themselves forward as being holy while sinning privately. Thus the pig becomes symbolic of the misbehaviour of people- the misleading of others in order to gain an advantage.

It is no coincedence that the rehash of the laws of Kashrus are directly before the Torah repeats forbidding worshipping as the Canaanites did, followed by the warning against the false prophet, meized (the one who entices people to convert secretly) and the city which resorts to idol worship. In essence, here we see the same priniciples as with the laws of Kashrus. forst you have the blatant act- the obviously unkosher- worshipping in the same manner as the Canaanites had done, copying their worship.
Update 6: With Kashrut, next comes the animals that chew the cud but are not kosher- they have a semblance of being kosher, but they display their non-kosher status openly. This is analogous to the false prophet- he appears to be a real prophet, performing signs and wonders, having his prophecies be fulfilled- but he shows... show more With Kashrut, next comes the animals that chew the cud but are not kosher- they have a semblance of being kosher, but they display their non-kosher status openly. This is analogous to the false prophet- he appears to be a real prophet, performing signs and wonders, having his prophecies be fulfilled- but he shows his credentials fo being fals eby calling for a change in the Torah or in the halachah (Jewish law). He is openly showing that he is not Jewish as he tries to abrogate part, or all, of what G-d has commanded.

The laws of Kashrut then go on to discuss the pig, the animal which portrays dishonesty, pretendign to be something it is not, trying to join a community to which it does not belong, to get others to accept it/ Analogous to this is the meizid, the enticer. The Torah explicitly states that this is someone close to you, someone that to all intents and purposes looks and sounds Jewish. Someone, that because of their closeness, you would inherently trust. Yet this
Update 7: person abuses that relationship, they pretend to be something they are not and to try and get the person close to them to convert and to go after other religions! Here we see the particular revulsion for the pig and the meizid highlighted even further. Just as the pig has been singled out as a paritcularly... show more person abuses that relationship, they pretend to be something they are not and to try and get the person close to them to convert and to go after other religions!

Here we see the particular revulsion for the pig and the meizid highlighted even further. Just as the pig has been singled out as a paritcularly devious creature; so too the meizid had been singled out as being particularly devious. While the corpse of any treifah conveys tumah, this is emphasised with the pig where no matter how it dies, its corpse conveys Tumah. Where does the Torah convey its especial dislike and scorn for the meizid? When it tells us how to deal with the meizid it states in Devarim Chapter 13 v9: You shall not desire him, and you shall not hearken to him; neither shall you pity him, have mercy upon him, nor shield him.

It is this especial dislike for

This is emphasised in the Talmud where it has the meizid as the only case in which the witnesses may be hidden and no prior warning is give!
Update 8: (note, I have no idea why the text above is jumbled, the full post will be on my blog and hopefully more readable than here) It is for this reason that you find Jews have an especial dislike for the antics of the "messianic jews". They are the classic meizid, posign as a friend, as family, as amember... show more (note, I have no idea why the text above is jumbled, the full post will be on my blog and hopefully more readable than here)

It is for this reason that you find Jews have an especial dislike for the antics of the "messianic jews". They are the classic meizid, posign as a friend, as family, as amember of the community- and then enticing others to leave Judaism. Like the pig, they often appear kosher on the outside, taking on all the trappings of Judaism to pose as being Jewish. In truth, they are as unkosher as the pig, hiding their true nature to entice people.

In the modern era we may not have a Sanhedrin or court that can act against them- but we have the ability to reach out and to communicate in an unprecedented way. Just as the enticer's can use the internet and other technologies to try and convert the uneducated- so we can use them to educate and innoculate people against the meizid, the dishonest missionaries that pose as jews to destroy Jewish souls.
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