Our Torah portion this week focuses upon the commandments of Kosher – our dietary laws, whereby some animals are regarded as clean and therefore eatable, while others are considered unclean, and therefore prohibited.
While most Jewish people no longer find meaning in keeping Kosher, I believe that there is a concept behind these laws that does speak to us. The Torah seeks that we live the way that is Kosher-the way that is clean and with moral integrity. That is the ideal of Torah, and the ideal upon which meaningful Jewish life is based. To be Kosher in our relationships with our spouses and with our children. To be Kosher in our generosity to the hungry and to the homeless, and to the needy. To be Kosher in the sense that our moral actions are consistent with our words. That is the cleanliness that the Torah seeks to impart to us, and the way of life that Reform Judaism demands of us.
I wish you Shabbat Shalom and hope that you join us for one of our two services tonight.