The third section of the book of Leviticus opens with the description of the eighth (Shmini, in Hebrew) and final day of the installation rituals of the Priests. After this, it records which animals are permitted for Jewish consumptions.

After detailing which land animals, fish, and fowl that are permitted for Jewish consumption, G-d instructed Moses to teach the Jewish people the laws of ritual defilement.

G-d instructed Moses to teach the Jewish people how, “to distinguish between the defiled and the undefiled……..” (11:47)

Spiritually, this refers to making the moral distinction between what is acceptable, healthy behaviour and what is not.

This distinction is easy enough when matters are clear and obvious. However, all too often, the distinction is blurred, and what is in fact defiled can easily be taken as being undefiled.

By studying Torah, we remain connected to G-d, who is not subject to the limited reach of human intellect. Thus attuned to Divine consciousness, we instinctively know what is spiritually healthy and what is not.

Wishing you and your dear Family a joyous and meaningful Shabbos followed by a successful and meaningful week.