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  • Because in the scriptures of the bible, God deemed pigs and swine to be unclean food, and not to be eaten ( Deuteronomy Chapter 14, Verse 8). But not only Pork is considered unclean...in fact, the entire of Deuteronomy Chapter 14 really lays out very specific laws on what is or is not "clean" (Kosher) food that people can eat. Shellfish and certain type of bird are also out.
  • Also ... 1) Meat - Only those animals that have cloven hooves + chew their cud 2) Poultry - No birds of prey 3) Fish - Those that have fins + scales This is all from memory - hopefully correct!
  • Jews follow strict dietary requirements called kosher. This forbids pork, and other meats that have been slaughtered in a certain way. The Jews only eat meat which comes from an animal killed without experiencing pain. One can find this in the Chirstian Bible, or the Torah.
  • Because their Creator said to them that they were to be holy as he is holy. Plain and simple. It's in Leviticus 11.
  • You will find that many Jews who do not observe the other Kashrut laws still refuse to eat pork. Pork is seen as the ultimate "non-kosher" animal. The Torah considers an animal kosher if it both chews its cud AND has split hooves. The only animal species that has split hooves (trotters) and does not chew the cud is the pig family. When you look at a pig, you will sooner notice the "split hooves" than the fact that it does not ruminate. When it lies, the pig almost seems to "show off" it's kosher qualities, as it spreads its trotters out. So, the pig has come to represent hypocrisy, someone who shows themselves to be righteous, but is not-so-kosher on the inside. In Judaism, there is nothing more morally detestable than a spiritual charlatan. Hence, the widespread aversion to pork among even non-observant Jews. (That's not to say that all Jews know this, it's been ingrained over centuries).
  • For the same reason that they don't eat Paris Hilton, 'tis unclean.
  • This question has been sufficiently answered by other ABers so I don't need to go over the reasons again- I just would like to add that it's not only Jews who don't eat pork. Muslims don't eat pork and I think some Christian denominations don't eat it, for example, Seventh Day Adventists.
  • Actually the reason the kashrut (kosher) started was because people who ate in a kosher manner were less likely to get food born illness. That is was salt is used in preparing the meat.
  • The Jews were called to be God's special people, his light to the rest of the world, and the vehicle through which ultimately he would send Messiah. To set them apart, He demanded certain things of them, which, though they did not understand the reasons, they were required to do anyway eg circumcision, and abstaining from certain foods (Leviticus 11 ff), the chief of which was pork (shellfish was another, as was rabbit, birds of prey and most insects, except locusts and grasshoppers and similar). These commands must have seemed strange to those who first heard them, but they trusted in God, and obeyed them. they Looking back, we see that the rate of food poisoning amongst the Jews, (unlike their neighbours) was low, and their health considerably better. God knew what was best to keep his chosen people alive. Christians are under no obligation to keep these dietary laws, but we still acknowledge the wisdom of God and His protecting love for Israel, shown through them.
  • Most Jews do not eat pork because it is not kosher, that is, eating pork is not allowed in the rules of the jewish religion. Here the rule which forbid eating pork: "Leviticus 11:3 sets down that Jews may eat all animals (some translations use "beasts") that have cloven hooves and chew their cud, and Leviticus 11:4 explicitly prohibited the consumption of animals that do not have these characteristics, designating them "unclean to you." Four mammals are specifically prohibited: The camel, because it chews its cud but does not have cloven hooves (Leviticus 11:4); The hyrax, because it chews its cud but does not have cloven hooves (Leviticus 11:5); The hare, because it chews its cud but does not have cloven hooves (Leviticus 11:6); The pig, because it has cloven hooves but does not chew its cud (Leviticus 11:7); " Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosher_foods#Mammals:_11:3.E2.80.9311:8
  • Jehovah decreed in the Mosaic Law that swine was unclean and therefore unfit for consumption by His Chosen People. See Leviticus 11:7 and Deuteronomy 14:8.
  • To me it is not the point of eating or not eating pork. It is the point that someone says "I do not eat pork because I am Jewish", and then orders a steak Medium rare. Consuming the blood of an animal is far more against the dietary laws of Jews but it is done all the time. Very few jews are totally Kosher, so what are the others, "part Jewish?" I guess they also look at the Ten Commandments and say, "maybe I will not kill or take the Lords name in vain, but I will screw my neighbor's wife"
  • Well, most everyone is right: It is the cloven hooves, and chewing cud thing that does it. But, one should ask WHY, historically, did jews choose cows over pigs, or shellfish. The answer: it is because Jews/Semitic peoples were some of the very first, if not the first, amongst the human race to domesticate cows. Wanted to maintain their tradition, in reaction to a world around them that ate pork, jews chose their sacrificial cow over pork, commonly eaten by the rest of those who would be called Gentiles. This is a common feature of biblical laws: A reaction to those around the semitic tribes who were believed to be culturally inferior- at least in the sense that they were not monotheistic. Now, many secular jews eat pork because they live in a much more free society, and given the choice their tradition has become somewhat obsolete.
  • In the Mosaic law God said, "You must be holy just as I am holy". The Jews had to stand out as being purer and cleaner than the other nations if they were to be God's chosen people. Swine was deemed by God as unclean and not to be eaten by his people..............Later, when Jesus was killed, Christians believe that the Mosaic Law died with him. That is why Christians feel it is ok to eat pork.
  • What if the so called Last Supper was a pork chop BBQ?
  • Pigs are commonly thought of as a dirty animal because they roll around in their own feces. It also has something to do with their hooves, I'm not sure exactly what. But Muslims don't like it either...
  • Because it is expensive.
  • it started because they dont eat dirty food. many moons ago pigs used to have warms in it, DIRTY FOOD.
  • The prohibition comes from Torah, in the book Leviticus, Chapter 11, verses 2 through 8, in particular, verse 7: 1. And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, 2. Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. 3. Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat. 4. Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. 5. And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. 6. And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. 7. And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. 8. Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you. http://faqs.org/faqs/judaism/FAQ/04-Observance/section-28.html
  • Yo i am Jews an i eat pork! and some other Jews belive that the pig die with pain when hes cutted in his neck
  • some of us do, including me...
  • good grief. I'm brian and so's my wife. I don't know. isn't religion great. wasn't a lot of ground rules about eating meat and food in general 2000 years ago borne out of simple hygiene needs and common sense? Not about who's pretend god was slightly better than someone else's ??
  • well, basicly for us, it's like dirty meat, but some Jews arn't strict and doe tend to eat a little pork or bacon every now and then. Me...Im Jewish and me and some of my family eat bacon.
  • Traditional Jews like myself don't eat pork because 5,772 years ago it was observed that Pigs eat leftovers.
  • Religion was created by men to control other men... To have no religion is to be a totally free human!
  • It was prudent for Yahweh/Jehovah/Allah to proscribe pork. If his followers tried to steal pork from Wotan's people, Thor would have crushed them with Mjöllnir.
  • because jews are weird
  • In the old testament 'Leviticus verse 11:7 "is the answer.
  • You're wrong to assume that most Jewish people don't eat pork. Kashrut (Jewish food law) is only followed by observant conservative and orthodox Jews. It is generally not followed by reform Jews, and is not widely followed in Israel. I had a stir-fried pork dish at a Chinese restaurant in Tel-Aviv for instance.

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