Parshas Hashavuah Question: The laws of Kashrut are revised in this weeks parsha- what is it about the pig?
This weeks Parsha is Re'eh Devarim (Deuteronomy) 11:26-16:17
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.
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.
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
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!
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.