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Shmini talks about which animals and fish are kosher It mentions one bird the Chasida which does chessed for its own species Rambam says that the reason why certain birds are tomay is because their nature is evil and their midot is harmful It is possible therefore that if people eat it the nature will attach to the neshama of the eater Here is the problem The Chasida is not kosher but its nature seems to be good So the simple answer is that this bird may just do chessed for its own species and not for others Doing chesed is one aspect of ones nature It could also steall and be bad otherwise It could just have that one trait Another thing is that man has eaten non-kosher since the beginning of time and it doesnt really seem to affect the soul In fact Rambam was a doctor so how did he come to this The Yerushalmi and Tosphos rule that a young baby is allowd to get nursed by another women jewish or non-Jewish woman The yerushalmi says not sure here that a young baby can even have the milk of a non-kosher animal It would seem that if the Rambam were correct we wouldnt allow this Why shouldnt we worry about corrupting the nefesh of a child So Rabbi Chesirs answer is this There are things that disgust us Things that you cant even look at talk about and make you nauseas When something violates one of your sensitivities human nature is to stay away from it It is just as obvious in the other extreme If a mother loses her son in a war she might hold and smell his shirt forever If the torah tells us to stay away from a particular animal or deed even then we shouldnt find loopholes to do it Meaning Bacon bits shouldnt be on the top of the grocery list Otherwise it just
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