Keeping Kosher: Contemporary Views

Recent writers reflect on what observing kashrut has meant in their own lives.

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Although "the benefit arising from the many inexplicable laws of God is in their practice, and not in the understanding of the motives" (Moses Mendelssohn), nevertheless the Jew never tires of pursuing his quest to fathom the Divine Mind and to ascertain the reasons that prompted the promulgation of God's laws. For the man of faith is sure that reasons do exist for the Divine decrees even if they are concealed from him.

--Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin, Ph.D. (1928-1982), served Congregation B'nai David in Southfield, Michigan. Reprinted from To Be a Jew, published by Basic Books.

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