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Parsha Mitzvot: Tzav: Mitzvah 147 – Concept 193

“God spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the Children of Israel, saying, Any fat of oxen, sheep, or goats; you shall not eat (Vayikra 7:22-23).” The Rambam derives the Mitzvah that, “We may not eat certain fats of clean (Kosher) animals,” from, “An eternal decree for your generations in all your dwelling places; you may not consume any fat or any blood (Vayikra 3:17). Rambam, Hilchot Ma’achalot Assurot – The Laws of Forbidden Foods


The Cheilev fats represent the strength and power of the Evil Inclination, and food in general is the bridge between body and soul. If the food consumed is “fatty” and thick, it will not flow between body and soul, but will cloud the intellect. (Rabbi Menachem ha-Bavli)

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