Torah Observant

Written on 11/23/2018
Chuck Warner

Torah Observance - Sabbath/Shabbat

    • What is Sabbath?


    • Is Shabbat and Sabbath the same?


    • Is Sabbath on Saturday or Sunday?


    • Why celebrate Sabbath?


    • How do we celebrate Sabbath?


    • What is the “correct” observance of Sabbath?


    • Ge 2:3 - God gives Sabbath
    • Mk 2:27 - Sabbath created for Man
    • Ex 16:22-26 - Observed in Sinai
    • Ex 20:8 - One of the ten commandments
    • He 4:1-13 - Sabbath Rest for the People


Torah Observance - Dietary “Kosher”

  • Lev 11 - Clean and Unclean food
  • “Kadosh” Holy - Separation of things set aside for God and things set aside for other purposes
  • “Kashrut” - Dietry Law
  • “Kasher” - Fit - Which foods are considered fit to eat
  • “If I eat Kosher, then I am under the law”
  • Preparing foods
    • Certified by Rabbi saying it is clean
  • What is the real story behind Peter’s Vision?
    • Ac 10 10:9-29; 11:4-18


What Is Clean and Un-Clean Food?

  • Foods and their accompanying rituals do not make a person clean or un-clean
  • Our thoughts and intents make us clean or un-clean


Animal / Products

  • Pigs, shellfish, rabbits, birds of prey, and reptiles cannot be eaten
  • Mammals that have split hooves and chew their cud, (including cows, sheep, goats, bison, and deer) are kosher
  • Fish must have fins and removable scales to be considered kosher
  • Milk and eggs from kosher animals are kosher. Eggs must not have blood
  • Food prepared in accordance with Jewish law - “shechita”


Meat and Dairy

  • Meat cannot be eaten with dairy - Ex 23:19, 34:26; De 14:21
  • Kabbalah
    • Meat represents - “Gevurah” - The Divine attribute of Judgment
    • Diary represents - “Chesed” - The Divine attribute of Kindness
  • “None of these reasons are fully satisfactory and it is clear that this mitzvah falls into the category of Mitzvahs that have no satisfactory reason - Chukim. The reasons of many of the commandments in the Torah are beyond our comprehension. This allows for our acceptance of a Higher reason and the realization that our comprehension is limited.”


“Pareve” Foods

  • Pareve means natural containing neither meat or diary
  • All eggs, fruits, vegetables, grains, pasta, nuts, beans, and legumes, fish is pareve
  • Grape products (including juice and wine) must be produced by Jews
  • Ma 15:1-20 - Traditions of Man