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“For I am God who lifts you up from the land of Egypt.”
~ Exodus 11:45

This statement was said to the Jewish people almost forty years after leaving Egypt, when outlining the dietary laws.

Why use the strange verb ‘lift up’ instead of the usual ‘brought out’?
And why is it in present tense?

Kashrut has nothing to do with physical health or cleanliness. For better or worse, these foods affect the soul – not the body. As such, our gastronomical choices either debase or elevate us.

This remains as true today as it did then.

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