rozet (rozet) wrote,

Rationalize it!

An anonymous Jew, who wrote “The Letter Of Aristeas”, wanted to show that Torah is no less rational than Greek philosophy. It's a commonplace. But the style of some passages can be easily used by contemporary kiruv-makers. For example, the High priest Eleezar explains to Greek embassy the symbolical meaning of features, that make an animal kosher:

...the division of the hoof and the separation of the claws are intended to teach us that we must discriminate between our individual actions with a view to the practice of virtue [...] for all animals which are cloven-footed and chew the cud represent to the initiated the symbol of memory. For the act of chewing the cud is nothing else than the reminiscence of life and existence.

(For me, there is nothing bad in rational explanations of some hukim with reserve that isn't an absolute truth)

“The Letter Of Aristeas” in English.
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