'Thou Art Wise for Thyself' Parashat Shemini

The search for rational reasons for Judaism’s various prohibitions is intended to persuade people that there are concrete reasons for the various commandments.

Newly religious Jews, Jews who want to persuade others to become observant, and the like, are continually searching for scientific explanations that help them explicate the logic behind the Torah’s mitzvot ‏(commandments‏). Pork, it is argued, can be harmful to a person’s health; circumcision reduces the chances of contracting various diseases; and observance of the laws related to menstruation help a...