Thursday, March 02, 2006

Chocolate Covered

Sifrey (Devarim 103) on Devarim/Deuteronomy 14:19-20
You may eat all pure winged creatures
This is a positive commandment.
And all winged swarming things are taboo to you
This is a negative commandment.

Ribbí Shim‘on says:
You may eat all pure winged creatures
Those are pure [=kosher] grasshoppers.
And all winged swarming things are taboo to you, don't eat them
Those are impure [=nonkosher] grasshoppers.


So eating kosher winged creatures is a positive commandment... and the winged creatures mentioned here may be grasshoppers/locusts. Is this bad news just for vegetarians, or the rest of us too?

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