Friday, 1 May 2015

Why is your Book about a Non-Kosher Animal?

Being an author is quite a challenge. Everyone has a comment, question or something to share. Some will have positive input and others like to criticize. We have had some question why the book is about a non-Kosher animal. Yes, we do have an answer, in fact a few answers.

The Torah gives Jews 613 Mitzvot and for all other human beings 7 Mitzvot. The 7 Mitzvot are termed Sheva Mitzvot Bnei Noach or 7 commandments given to all children of Noach. Since Noach was the one who saved his wife, 3 sons and their wives and pairs of all the animals and 7 pairs of the Kosher animals, it stands to reason that all human beings living today come from Noach.

As we see, Noach took the trouble to take care of all of the animals, large and small, not only the Kosher animals. In addition, the lion taught an important lesson to Noach and to anyone who reads the Parshah of Noach. The Midrash teaches us that on a certain day Noach was a little late to feed the lion and for this he was swiped by the lion. The swipe from the lion resulted in his Noach's limping for the rest of his life.

The lion is a non-Kosher animal but teaches us an important lesson in being kind to animals. To begin with, we are to be very careful to feed them on time, in fact Jews who have pets have to make sure to feed their animals / pets before they sit down to eat.

As we can see, the Chumash (five books of the Torah) refers to animals, the lessons we learn from them and how to be kind to animals and all of creation.

We have many more stories to share and other reasons why our first book is about Tuvia, a reptile and yes a non-Kosher animal. Before we proceed, we'd like to highlight that this is our first book. We do not intend for it to be our last.

Stay tuned for further books and yes, we do hope to write about Kosher animals too.

Thank you for asking and for your concern. It is important to guard our eyes but equally important to show the appropriate kindness and respect to all of creation. If that means learning from all animals, if Chumash can mention non-Kosher animals then that in itself is an important lesson.

This post is prepared by Shoshanah Shear of Chessed Ve'Emet

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