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Ignorance Of Dietary Laws Is No Excuse. You’ll Still Suffer The Consequences.

Searching for nuggets of truth in Jordan S. Rubin's The Maker's Diet.

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Rhonda Robinson

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September 16, 2013 - 2:40 pm
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Have you ever heard a child say “I can’t wait until I grow up so I can do whatever I want.”? You may have said it yourself or at least thought it.

What an irony. When you think about it, at no other time in our lives than childhood do we have more real freedom. Our days are spent in self-indulgence, playing, learning and growing into who we are meant to be. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to go.

Children tend to bristle under rules, testing their validity usually by breaking them to see if consequences will follow. Some of mine bucked up against them on a daily basis. In a child’s eyes, adults make the rules. Their narrow view of life makes incapable of understanding the multitude of laws adults abide everyday.

Since most traffic laws are color-coded, children catch on to what means stop and what means go fairly quick. When the rambunctious toddler doing the back-car seat driving squeals to “Go faster!” the sign along the side of the road or the police car you just passed, makes a good visual aid for explaining the law you are currently trying to follow.

However, not all laws are as visual or as well enforced. A society runs on a host of laws. There are moral laws, social and criminal laws. All must be followed, the extent to which they are written or enforced does not, in any way, negate the law.

The same goes for dietary laws. Our heavenly Father put them in place. I don’t believe they are meant for our salvation, but for our health and happiness. Much the same way we as parents place rules in our homes for our own children.

Being our human condition lends us with a natural bent toward rebellion, most of us would prefer to roll the dice on our health. Then when the consequences — such as pounds or a frightening diagnosis — we cling to the newest fad diet hoping it will serve as a get out of jail free card.

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I'm sorry, this reads like a paid advertisement under the guise of a news story. Very unprofessional.
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All paid advertisements are labeled as such.
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I'm a little confused. The Bible is pretty clear that the laws are for Jews only. "You shall give it to the stranger rin your gates and he shall eat it." (Of course, that doesn't mean they are good for you.)
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Sorry - should read: Of course ,that doesn't mean they aren't good for you.

Still the general understanding I always had of it, based on the Rabbis, in "sanctity through limitation"; that by limiting one's use of physical pleasures in certain ways, it enables one to sanctify one's use of the permitted ones.

(Marriage is a great example, although within Judaism there are also limitations within marriage. And no, you can't sanctify same-sex relations, anymore than one could sanctify paganism.)
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Mark 7:19

Acts 10:9-16
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Funny, I can't seem to find a single scientific source that suggests people who keep kosher are unusually healthy.
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Historically, the Jews largely escaped the Plague in Europe because of Kosher law. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Death_Jewish_persecutions Treif foods, including shellfish and swine, are scavenger animals. Up until the age of modern medicine (and sometimes still regardless of), these disease carriers brought with them a risk of death upon eating - Hepatitis, etc. It isn't as much of a matter of being "unusually healthy" as it is a matter of not exposing yourself to potential health risk.
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You do know that your wikipedia source itself denies that, right? And that there were lots of Jews who died of the plague, plus that the sources you're citing suggest the difference was the regular housecleaning for Shabbos and the use of the mikvah?

And that bubonic plague isn't transmitted by food -- in fact, the form that led to the major deaths in Europe was the air-transmitted pneumonic form?
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Not true, and nonsensical. There are diseases common to treif foods, but bubonic plague isn't one of them. It's spread by fleas carried by rats. It's possible Jewish communities suffered fewer casualties from the plague, but this would likely have been due to higher Jewish standards of cleanliness and Jewish communities being more supportive.
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Unfortunately, the most religious woman I know, who lived a 'healthy' lifestyle for 45 years, died of lung cancer within a 3 months of diagnosis. Turns out, people who never smoke, and exercise, etc. are at greater risk of dying because their lungs are so healthy they can tolerate the cancer until a very late stage. She developed no overt symptoms until she was at stage 4. Just a little cough that hung around. That's all. Then she was gone. Healthy lifestyles are no guarantee *at all* if God has other plans. And he often does.
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Seems like a good argument for a voluntary scan.
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