by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths
A friend of mine who lives in Israel was shopping for chile powder. There were two brands for sale; one was all-natural (which my friend prefers) and the other one had preservatives added (which my friend does not like to eat).
The problem was that the all-natural one did not have a hechsher (kosher certification), and the one with the preservatives was marked with a proper hechsher. He had tried the one with the preservatives, and he did not like its taste, so what was he do?
He thought to himself, “It’s 100 percent natural. What could be wrong with it?”
He was about to buy it, but he stopped and thought, “I’ll look it up on the Internet and see what’s in it.”
He looked up that brand’s all-natural ingredients and among other strange things, he found the “natural” ingredient, beef stock!
Do you realize what this means? That product’s beef stock was certainly taken from the carcass of an animal that was improperly slaughtered. Not only would it be a major transgression for a Jew to eat such a thing, but eating that type of food would have given my friend a setback in his spiritual search!
G-d told us what we may eat for our spiritual health, not for our physical health. For a non-Jew to eat an unkosher product would pose absolutely no problem. But to the Jewish people, He said, “You shall be holy, because I am holy. These are the foods that you may eat…”[i]
[i] Leviticus 11:1