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I do believe, however, that given a choice between eating pork or dying, there would be very orthodox (perhaps ultra-orthodox) Jews who would choose to die.
I grew up in New York City, surrounded by Jews of varying degrees of orthodoxy, and I am fairly certain, based on childhood experiences, that this would be the case, regardless of what the Torah states.

That's pretty sad, especially since Judaism doesn't really have room for martyrs. But then again, I don't have a lot of patience for *anyone* who is so rigid that they can't allow for situations like the above. I mean, what good is a law handed down by a god who purports to love his people, if it means you have to chose between god's love and death?

Or am I being intolerant? It's a difficult thing for me to imagine that someone would rather die than do something that is acceptable, under the circumstances.

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