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RE: wake for Jerry Williams
On 30 Apr 2003 at 10:40, Aaron Read wrote:
> While neither Catholic nor Jewish (although I do go to Catholic high
> school, and I have several close friends who're Jewish) I believe the
> reasoning behind the burial-within-24-hours has to do with the "old days"
> when embalming techniques weren't as good. Similar to not eating pork
> b/c of trichinosis.
Not eating pork has nothing to do with trichinosis. The Torah doesn't
give reasons. It just says that you are permitted to eat those land
animals that chew a cud and have a cloven hoof. A pig has a cloven hoof
but does not chew a cud and is therefore not kosher. A giraffe, on the
other hand, is.
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