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A Man of Distinction

A Man of Distinction

In the world at large, many people know or have heard that Jews have special dietary laws. For example, many non-Jews are aware that Jews, as part of their religious practice, don’t eat bacon, ham, or other pork products. Most Jews don’t know that there are many commands regarding eating. The Rambam lists 28 mitzvot related to eating, sprinkled throughout the Torah. What is the reason that the Torah places such great emphasis on legislating what and how we eat?