Why do Jews not eat Pork?


Jews are famous throughout history for not
eating pork, as well as other foods and this has made them stand out from many of the civilisations
around them. Even under persecutions, for instance under
the Seleucid empire (Antiochus IV) Jews accepted martyrdom rather than eating pork in public,
since they understood this action as a public renunciation of their faith. So why do the Jews not eat pork and what are
the other laws, well stick around to find out! Jews follow a series of laws known as “Kashrut”
a word which comes from the Hebrew root –(Kaf-Shin-Reish), meaning fit, proper or correct. It is the same root as the more commonly known
word “kosher,” which describes food that meets these standards. Contrary to popular belief, rabbis or other
religious leaders do not “bless” food to make it kosher. There are indeed some blessings and prayers
that some Jews recite over food before eating it, but these have nothing to do with making
the food kosher. Food can be kosher without a rabbi being involved
with it: for instance, the fruit and vegetables from your garden are undoubtedly kosher – unless
covered in bugs! So what foods are not kosher? Well we will take a closer look in another
video, but essentially it is scavenging animals, carnivores, fish which do not have both fins
and scales, meat with blood or meat and milk. The list of forbidden foods is found in the
Torah (or law, it is the first five books of the old testament) and begins with more
obscure delicacies like camel and rock badger before getting to the pig, which is the last
of the mammals to be mentioned. The verse which says pork should not be eaten
is found in Leviticus 11:7 and states “and the swine–although it has true hoofs, with
the hoofs cleft through, it does not chew the cud: it is unclean for you.” Of all the rules of kashrut, the prohibition
against eating pork has perhaps the deepest resonance for Jews. Historically, the refusal to eat pork has
been understood as a symbol of Jewish identity. Even today, many nominal Jews who do not observe
other dietary laws refrain from eating pork. but surprisingly, the pig is one of the lesser
offenders of the standards of kashrut compared to other animals. The Torah teaches that in order to be kosher,
animals must chew their cud and have cleft hoofs. The pig does not chew its cud, but it does
have cleft hoofs — so we might expect that it would be less offensive than animals that
meet neither standard. So why are Jews so against eating pork? Well there are a number of theories:
Richard W. Redding, a professor of anthropology (at the University of Michigan) recently published
a study attempting to decipher the historical origins of this middle eastern trend. He points out that between 5,000 and 2,000BC
domestic animals were common in the fertile crescent and were likely kept on hand for
food. But then, around 1,000 B.C. keeping and eating
of pigs sharply declined. He believes that because Pigs need a lot of
water, making moving hard. Because of this his research shows that people
began to keep chickens instead of pigs. There are a lot of reasons for keeping chickens
instead: for the amount of food eaten and water drunk, chickens produce more food:
chickens require 3,500 litres of water to produce one kilo of meat, pigs require 6,000. secondly, chickens produce eggs, an important
secondary product which pigs do not offer. Third, chickens are much smaller and can thus
be eaten quickly, meaning you don’t have to preserve meat: which was hard in the heat
of the middle east and without fridges! Finally, chickens could be used by nomads
as chickens are small enough to be transported. Redding states this explains why Pigs were
banned in middle eastern religions as: “If the pig had been integral to the subsistence
system in the Middle East, it would not have been prohibited” by religious edicts. A more traditional view is that there were
health benefits to the kosher laws – especially back in ancient times. For example, the laws about butchering animals
are so sanitary that kosher butchers are exempt from a number of regulations. Because of this many modern Jews think that
the laws of kashrut are simply primitive health regulations that have become obsolete with
modern methods of food preparation. But the simple answer to the question of why
the Jews do not eat pork and follow kosher is that the Torah says so. The Torah does not specify any reason for
these laws, and for a Torah-observant, traditional Jew, there is no need for any other reason. It is possible that following the laws was
simply to show obedience to God even though the reason is unclear. Maybe the laws were meant to teach self-control
or maybe they were for the purpose of identity or a lesson in holiness. Whatever the reason for the law, Jews do not
eat pork because the Torah says so.

100 comments

  1. Saying I did a video on why Christians eat pork I thought I should do one on why Jews don't. I did not really go very deep into their other food laws, but I am thinking of doing them in the future. As always thanks for watching!
    If you want to translate the show: http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?c=UCLzELCDHdDfPaJSZ-BJTawA&tab=2

  2. Why can't people just concentrate on being good and decent human beings instead of worrying about what u eat…..God wants your soul not your menu.

  3. The real reason that Jews and others don't eat pigs is because, not that long ago the diseased humans that were buried in shallow graves were dug up by pig and eaten. The contaminated bodies of the humans with diseases (pig are omnivores like humans and they like to eat meat and they are very capable of eating humans, when available) was no longer confined by the shallow burials. The humans ate these pigs, and some became infected and some died. This was way before antibiotics. That is why humans are now buried 6 foot under the surface. It stops not only the pigs, but also the bugs; and bacteria has a far less chance of contamination of the human bodies whom have died of diseases, if all bodies are placed in caskets and buried deep or alternatively cremated. The Jews were just not aware of what caused re-infection so they just stopped eating animals and said stupid thing like it is God's law that animals with cloven hooves or in reality any animal that ate meat (humans) is not a clean animal, where the truth was really those human practices were stupid- that is it.

  4. I don't eat pork I am a Christian and it says in the bible, Christians shall not eat pork course its a a sin

  5. pork carries some 25 diseases that are transmittable to humans, thye dont eat it because it was not a safe food just as rock badgers carry virusis

  6. Nonsense. G-D told us (Jews) not to eat pork. It has nothing to do with anything else. Nonsense.

  7. The swine is fine. I keep seeing because "It's cannibalism" comments. How is it cannibalism when pig are a separate species than man?

  8. Let see if any of you Religious Buffs can quote the scriptures ie
    LUCIFER CHALLENGED GOD… THAT IT TOO IS OMNIPOTENT & OMNIPRESENCE…
    AND TO PROVE ITS POINT IT POSSESSED 1000 SWINES, WHICH WENT OVER A CLIFF TO THEIR CERTAIN DEATH…!

    WAS IT NOT THEN THAT GOD WOULD HAVE DECLARED THAT PIGS/SWINES WERE UNCLEAN ANIMALS….!

    What if it had been goats or sheep… did you ever stop to think..!

    One thousand swines proves that someone was rearing them…!

    THE END…

    DO you know chicken eats everything even its own shit.
    All the ptesent scientific and health explanation does not auger well with a civilization thousands of years sgo.

    They are not as hygenic as today humans.

    Those days the human beings used their appendix well because of the lack of proper cooking as well as the less hygienic life then..

    Today, we do not use our apoendix and they have shrunk…!

    Generations from now if we maintain a hygeine life style, humans then would be born without any appendix at all…

    The Final End..

  9. THERE IS NOT A SINGLE ACCOUNT IN THE BIBLE THAT THE CHRISTIANS ATE PORK.. …

    I believr even Jesus never ate pork..
    IT WAS THE ROMAN THAT LOVE TO EAT PORK, because they were pigs themselves AND they were jealous that the PIGS were better looking than them…. So they ate them…! 🤗

    WHEN the Roman Empire accepted Christianity after their Emperor Constantine converted, in AD 311, the Chuch changed to the present ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH .
    IT was from their very 1st Council of Nicea that they decided How & What should be included into the Religion ie "Christianity".

    It WAS THEN THAT THE ADULTRATION OF THE JESUS CHURCH BECAME CORRUPTED.
    The introduction of idol worship, eating of Pork and. a million more practises that went against the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    IT WAS NOT until 1500 years later, that a movement was established to go back to the true teachings of the Bible…..
    TO CUT THE STORY SHORT ; I dare say that NOT one (1) single soul practised the Christisnity/Gospel that Jesus gave for 1500years…!

    For 400 years God waited for man to return to the true teachings of Christ BUT TO NO AVAIL..!

    IT WAD THEN THAT GOD SAID…
    THE HUMANS HAVE FAILED ME AGAIN.
    THEY CANNOT BE TRUSTED WITH A MORE LIBERAL PRACTICE.

    SO, GOD RAISED ANOTHER CIVILIZATION AGAINST THE ROMANS AND GAVE MANKIND ANOTHER RELIGION ie ISLAM.
    God ordained that they should pray 5 times a day, so as NOT to forget HIS commandments and Laws.
    God did not want Islam to follow the wrong path as Chrustianity.

    JUDAISM WAS TOO RITUALISTIC AND LACK THE EMPHASIS OF HUMAN EPATHY AND LOVE AND MERCY

    CHRUSTIANITY WAS TOO LIBERAL AND MANKIND HAVE A PENCHANT TO TAKE THINGS FOR GRANTED..

    SO GOD GAVE ISLAM ie SOMETHING IN BETWEEN (JUDAISM & CHRUSTIANITY), THAT WILL BE PRAGMATIC. THROUGH THE AGES…

    ONE HAS TO REMEMBER THAT WHEN GOD ENTERED INTO A NEW COVENANT WITH MANKIND via ISLAM, THEN THE OLD COVENANT HAS BECOME DEAD/ VOID /KAPUT/INEFFECTIVE.

    Sorry guys, you took too long to go back to the proper teaching of Christ ie the Bible.
    Almost 1200years too late after ISLAM was Intoduced..

    A ONE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION….!
    WHY DO MUSLIMS CONSTANTLY REFER TO GOD(ALLAH) AS "THE MOST MERCIFUL"……!

  10. Eating pork was one of the rules in the Mosaic Law. No it was never recorded that Jesus ate pork but here’s a scripture from the Bible that when Peter was hunger well you should read it for yourself in your bible, better than me trying to tell you. The next day as they were continuing on their journey and were approaching the city, Peter went up to the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. 10 But he became very hungry and wanted to eat. While they were preparing the meal, he fell into a trance 11 and saw heaven opened and something descending like a great linen sheet being let down by its four corners on the earth; 12 and in it were all sorts of four-footed animals and reptiles of the earth and birds of heaven. 13 Then a voice said to him: “Get up, Peter, slaughter and eat!” 14 But Peter said: “Not at all, Lord, because I have never eaten anything defiled and unclean.” 15 And the voice spoke again to him, the second time: “Stop calling defiled the things God has cleansed.” 16 This happened a third time, and immediately it was taken up into heaven. 17 While Peter was still perplexed about what the vision he had seen could mean, just then the men sent by Cornelius asked where Simon’s house was and stood there at the gate.

  11. It was not mentioned (for what ever reason) that pigs are considered unclean = they literally eat shit.

  12. Read Leviticus. But the main issue today is how this animal is mass farmed. If you knew the toxic crap this CAFO creature is fed daily you would naturally avoid it also. Even CAFO beef is to be avoided. Always choose grass fed. Digress from Creation and penalties follow.

  13. PORK ARE BAD TO EAT BECAUSE OF TOO MUCH GREASE THE DNA MADE OF GREASE ARE SLIPPERY AND SOFT EASY TO BROKEN AND CAUSES OF MANY DEADLY DISEASE, BUT I THINK THE CRAB AND SHRIFT ARE NOT BECAUSE THIS ARE NO GREASE, ALSO THE COW NOW ARE BAD TO EAT TOO MUCH GREASES CAUSES OF THE ABDUCTION OF ALIEN AND CHANGE THE COW INTO GREASY ALSO THE WHALE NOW ARE GREASY AND SALMON

  14. THIS TIME ALL MEAT ARE BAD TO EATH BECAUSE MEAT ARE THE CAUSES OF CANCER AND STROKE ALL MEAT NOW ARE GREASY BECAUSE OF THE ABDUCTION OF DEMON ALIEN AND ALL ANIMAL FOOD ARE CHANGE INTO GREASY ALSO THE SHEEP AND GOAT ARE BAD TO EAT, FOR THE MEAT 100 %% CANCER ARE YOUR BENIFITS

  15. Jews today eat pork. Many Jews are in the food service business and I know many that eat pork. A great deal of them also don't believe these guidelines,

  16. Because they suck the. blood of the suffers..bulding settlements n walls..graduating thieves n muderes…

  17. The House of Israel may have eaten pork and other unclean animals while in Egypt before leaving with Moses. The dietary laws were not given to Israel by way of commandment until the law was revealed to Moses and given by covenant. Maybe even Abraham, Isaac and Jacob ate pork because they were not Jews and we don't know for fact if a law was given to Noah not to eat pork. Jewish people come from Jacob who was Israel and his children's children who were under that covenant to abstain from such things. Perhaps many Gentiles didn't eat it either but many do.

  18. I'm not Jewish, I don't follow any of the abrahamic religions, I don't eat allot of pork mostly because of trichinosis.

  19. Back in the day there was just no way to prevent the deadly trichina which pigs are prone to – simple self preservation. Of course they didn't know what the cause was, they just knew eating pigs can kill.

  20. Jews do not eat pork because it is forbidden in their religion. But their religion allows them to kill humans

  21. Who is God anyway to tell me what I can eat or cant ….Andrew siment said if it looks good eat it..he is my God.

  22. The Pig is not indigenous to the middle east, and pork spoils very easily. So in the days if no refrigeration and a hot climate, you can imagine people getting sick alot.

  23. I think when the law came out written in Leviticus it was because the pigs would eat anything they can fine and that would be contaminated meat so the people would get diseases from eating pork and die I think that’s why it became law not to eat pork.

  24. Partially cooked pork can contain parasites that can pass to humans, trichinosis. Pigs in the desert can dig up and eat the flesh of the dead, which might pass a mad cow type disease (prion passage). And humans are a hybrid with pigs, from maybe about a million years ago, so we are a small part pig. We get our intelligence, our long legs, our skin, and our interest in sex and love from pigs though, so its okay.

  25. Jews know that eating pork/pig/swine is a sin according to God biblical law! It is an abomination and will cause you to lose your eternal life with God !!! Study you Holy Bible!

  26. I have no doubt that eating pork in the Middle East was bad because in the Biblical days wild pigs fed on battle dead and spread disease.

  27. It’s in Leviticus chapter 11. Holy and unholy foods. Pigs are pigs and not clean animals. That’s why during the flood God send in with Noah those 2 by twos that you can’t eat and 7 that you can eat.

  28. I love my prosciutto , capicollo salsiccia and many other speciality made in Italy , God created this animal for the joy of my launch and dinner. I believe in GOD

  29. Thats old testament times, we live in new testament age where Jesus told Peter, What God hath cleanesed, that callnot thou common. Act's 10:15. So everything thing that was once called unclean, God now has said its good to eat. Those are jews follow tarditions not God's law.

  30. MUSLIMS ALSO NOT EAT PORK
    PORK IS NOT ALLOWED IN
    JEWS ,CHRISTIANITY AND MUSLIM WORLD.
    IF ANYONE EAT PORK HE GO TO HELL

  31. God's Word says in 1st. Timothy 4:4– For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with Thanksgiving…

  32. ONE REASON I DONT EAT PIG
    I saw a YouTube from India… There was a public latrine which was basically a board with holes in it. You could pop al fresco and enjoy polite conversation with the guy pooping next to you.

    UNDER the pit were pigs whose job it was to eat the shit, and eat the shit they did, right there in that vid – thereby taking care of what would have been a messy problem.

  33. Because the ones who wrote it said so. Probably they were tradesmen who wanted to spice up the market. Imagine the most common animal being destroyed from markets in that time. Probably made these fuckers rich

  34. As a Jew, I may say that your video is both right and wrong. Yes, we eat kosher because it is in the Torah and is a mitzvah. As far as been for a sanitary reason not entirely valid.

    In fact, is that the animal has to be killed humanely:
    Laws of Slaughtering

    It is a positive commandment of the Torah that whoever wishes to eat meat must first slaughter the animal, as it is written, “Thou shalt slaughter of thy herd and of thy flock, which the Lord hath given thee, as I have commanded thee, and thou shalt eat within thy gates, after all the desire of thy soul” (Deuteronomy 12:21). (Note: Administering electric shock to an animal prior to shehitah [kosher slaughtering] is prohibited, because it incapacitates the animal and renders it a trefah [animal unfit to eat]. It is forbidden to eat the meat of such an animal. The prohibition extends, as well, to administering an anesthetic, in the form of a drug and the like, since it may endanger the health and life of the animal and render it trefah prior to shehitah.)

    This commandment applies equally to cattle, to animals, and to fowl. A limb torn or cut from a living animal is forbidden. An animal that is not slaughtered, but dies of itself, is prohibited. The laws regarding the precise method of slaughter are not stated in the Bible, but were given orally to Moses on Mount Sinai, as indicated in the verse by the statement, “as I have commanded thee,” that is, as I have already instructed you. [The function of this previous sentence is to make a link between rabbinically developed laws regarding implementation of these laws and what is traditionally understood as the revelation—of both oral and written Torah (which can be translated as both “teaching” and “law”)—at Sinai.]

    2. Only one who is knowledgeable in the laws of slaughtering (shehitah) and proficient in its practice, and who is a believing, pious Jew, may act as a slaughterer (shohet) in performance of the commandment. It is the prevalent custom that the shohet must receive written authorization from a recognized rabbinical authority attesting to the aforesaid qualifications.

    3. Shehitah must be done by means of a swift, smooth cut of a sharp knife whose blade is free of any dent or imperfection.

    4. Shehitah entails severing the trachea and the esophagus in accordance with the oral tradition, which requires that five improper procedures be avoided, lest they invalidate the shehitah and render the animal unfit to be eaten. They are (a) hesitation or delay while drawing the knife, (b) excessive pressure or chopping, (c) burrowing the knife between the trachea and the esophagus or under the skin, (d) making the incision outside the specified area, and (e) laceration or tearing of the trachea or esophagus, which would result from an imperfect blade. An animal or fowl that is improperly slaughtered (or, as already noted, that is not slaughtered, but dies of itself) is considered carrion (nevelah) and unfit for food.

    5. It is forbidden to slaughter the parent with its young on the same day (Leviticus 22:28).

  35. Most importantly we need to focus on eating less animal and more fruits and vegetables. We were all meant to work the fields , reap and you shall sow, were all Slaves of the earth until we go back to the grounds. God be with US all

  36. I’m not Christian, Jewish or Muslim but I don’t eat pork because I have Jewish and Muslim friends that were telling me why pork is bad and the germs they have, etc. My culture has a lot of pork dishes so my family and friends find it weird when I don’t eat pig. The more research I did the more I did not want to eat pig.

  37. The reason the Jewish doesn't eat pig it's in the Torah pig eat ravish it goes to the blood stream it's forbiten.and the Torah that God give to Jewish people.

  38. Well, it is not only the Pork but there is a full list of Clean Versus Unclean Animals of Land, Sea and Air …in Leviticus …Fascinating reading …

  39. I Love pork especially when I doing the pork chops in red sauce.i invite old the Jews to eat when me.no make complicated you life

  40. Anyone who tells another person what they should or shouldn't`t eat is an asshole. Eat whatever you want, and don`t bother others with the details.

  41. A lot of Muslims don't eat pork and they don't know why they don't eat pork. So if Jews don't eat pork, it is probably for the same reasons the Muslims don't eat them. They all came from the same region of the world. The books their religion was based on was most probably published by people who herd goats and cows. Bacon was probably invented in Israel and it tasted so good, the cow farmers started losing revenues. Point is, they made such rules for their convenience. I have nothing against Jews. They are actually interesting. It's just sad so many people want them gone. What is amazing though is that like their enemies they also don't eat pork. Billions of people in China and India eat pork. But culture has to fragment us. If everyone just ate Bacon and cheese sandwiches there will be no more wars.

  42. Yeshua Hamashiach "Jesus Christ" confirmed His Father's TORAH before mankind through Matthew 5 verses 17 through 20! Our legitimate Mashiach of Yisrael and son of Elohim (God) already knew what would transpire in our times !!!

    If his Father created us in His likeness, did he not know that which we should eat and shouldn't eat as our legitimate creator?

    PIG and others described in Scripture ARE FILTH in the eyes of the Almighty, because He knows how much damage the bodies of His Creation would suffer described as a TEMPLE of the Holy Spirit !!!!!!

    1 Corinthians 3: 16-17
    Do you not know that you are the temple of Elohim and that the Spirit of Elohim dwells in you? If anyone destroys the temple of Elohim, Elohim will destroy him, because the temple of Elohim is holy, and that is what you are.

    Deuteronomy 14: 8
    And the pig, although it has a split hoof, does not ruminate; It will be unclean for you. You will not eat their flesh or touch their bodies.

    Isaiah 66:17
    17 Those who sanctify themselves and those who purify themselves in the orchards, one after the other, those who eat pork and abomination and mouse, together will be cut down, says YAHWEH.

    Isaiah 66:17
    Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go to the orchards, after one that is in the center, who eat pork, detestable things and mice, will perish – declares YAHWEH.

    1 Corinthians 6: 19-20
    Or do you ignore that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, which is in you, which you have received from God, and that you are NOT yours? You have been bought by price; glorify therefore Elohim in your body and in your spirit, which are of Elohim.

  43. It's so funny when several people complainting about Jews restriction, hooman, is it hard for you to respecting others tradition? If you're pork addict just go on…..respect each other one💋

  44. I'm a Jew and i we do eat pock,
    but those sons of devil as Rev 3:9 say so called Jews they are Torah's follows​ they don't believe in Messiah new covenant..

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