Within the Torah portion for this Shabbat, Sh’mini, are found the basic laws of Jewish dietary restrictions. During rabbinic times this became the foundation of what we call Kosher. The rabbis of the Talmud added many laws dealing with how animals were to be slaughtered, foods prepared, and the separation of meat and milk. In the Torah portion for this week we learn that mammals must have both divided hoofs and chew their cud in the digestive process, fish must be free swimming having both fins and scales, and fowl must be grain feeding.
Many scholars argue that the laws