Kashrut for Holiness
1Adonai spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying to them,
2“Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, saying: These are the living things which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth.
3Whatever has a split, divided hoof and chews cud among the animals—that you may eat.
4“Nevertheless, you should not eat of those that only chew cud, or have a split hoof. The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof, is unclean to you.
5The coney, though it chews the cud yet does not have a divided hoof, so it is unclean to you.
6The hare, though it chews the cud, does not split the hoof, so it is unclean to you.
7The pig, though it has a split, divided hoof, does not chew cud, so it is unclean to you.
8You are not to eat meat from them, nor are you to touch their carcasses. They are unclean to you.
9“From all that are in the waters, you may eat whatever has fins and scales, within the waters, in the seas and in the rivers. Those you may eat.
10But any that do not have fins and scales in the seas or the rivers, among those that swarm on the waters, or among any of the living creatures that are in the waters, they are loathsome to you.
11They are to be detestable to you. You should not eat meat from them and you should detest their carcasses.
12Whatever has neither fins nor scales in the waters, that is a detestable thing to you.
13“Among the birds you should detest the following—they are not to be eaten—they are loathsome: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture,
14the red kite, any kind of black kite,
15any kind of raven,
16the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk,
17the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl,
18the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey,
19the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe, and the bat.
20“All flying insects that walk on all fours are detestable to you.
21Yet you may eat from all winged creeping things that go on all fours, which have legs above their feet, with which to hop on the earth.
22You may eat from any kind of locust, any kind of katydid, any kind of cricket and any kind of grasshopper.
23But all winged creeping things that have four feet are loathsome to you.
24“Moreover, by these also you will become unclean: whoever touches their carcasses should be unclean until the evening.
25Whoever carries any part of their carcass is to wash his clothes, and will be unclean until the evening.
26“Every animal with a separating hoof but not split, or does not chew cud, is unclean to you. Everyone who touches them will become unclean.
27So whatever moves on its paws, among all animals that go on all fours, is unclean to you. Whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean until the evening.
28Whoever carries their carcasses, is to wash his clothes and will be unclean until the evening. They are unclean to you.
29“Among the creeping things that creep on the earth, the following are unclean to you: the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard,
30the gecko, the monitor lizard, the wall lizard, the skink and the chameleon.
31Among all that creep these are the ones that are unclean to you. Whoever touches them when they are dead, will be unclean until the evening.
32Whatever falls on them when they are dead will become unclean, whether it is any vessel of wood, or clothing, or skin, or sackcloth. Whatever vessel it is, with which any work is done, it must be put into water, and it will be unclean until the evening, then it will be clean.
33“Now if any of them falls into a clay pot, everything that is in it will become unclean, and you are to break it.
34Any food that may be eaten but has water on it from such a pot will become unclean. Also any drink that may be drunk in any such pot will become unclean.
35Everything on which part of their carcass falls will become unclean. An oven or stove for pots is to be broken in pieces. They are unclean and will be unclean to you.
36Nevertheless, a spring or a cistern for collecting water will be clean, though anyone who touches their carcass will become unclean.
37If part of a carcass falls on any seed for sowing that has yet to be sown, it is clean.
38But if water is put on the seed, and part of a carcass falls on it, it is unclean to you.
39“If any animal that you may eat dies, the one who touches its carcass will become unclean until the evening.
40He who eats of its carcass is to wash his clothes, and be unclean until the evening. Also, the one who carries its carcass is to wash his clothes, and be unclean until the evening.
41“Every creeping thing that crawls on the earth is detestable—it shall not be eaten.
42Whatever moves on its belly or crawls on all fours or has many feet among all the creeping things that crawl on the earth, these you are not to eat, for they are detestable.
43You are not to contaminate yourselves with any creeping thing that crawls nor make yourselves unclean with them or defiled by them.
44“For I am Adonai your God. Therefore, sanctify yourselves, and be holy, for I am holy. You are not to defile yourselves with any kind of creeping thing that moves on the earth.
45For I am Adonai who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. Therefore, you should be holy, for I am holy.
46“This is the Torah of the animal, the bird, every living creature that moves in the waters, and every creature that creeps on the earth,
47to make a distinction between the unclean and the clean, and between the living thing that may be eaten and the living thing that may not be eaten.”