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I don't think eating pork is morally wrong. It's certainly not - even under Jewish law - wrong - morally or otherwise for non-Jews. Moral issues (I think) are issues that affect the relationships between and among people. If I eat pork - who am I hurting? The pig? Myself? - since I am in clear violation of Jewish law (and presumably there is some price to pay at the end of the line? Or not if I am forgiven annually for it on Yom Kippur?)

Just as an aside, since we are steeped in Christian concepts (in this case "confession for absolution") here in the USA, this is a common misconception. "Yom Kippur" doesn't automatically forgive anyone, the only transgressions that are forgiven are those that one recognizes, disavows, and commits to not transgressing again in the future!

If I, on the other hand, bribe a public official - I am hurting all my fellow citizens and democracy itself. If I steal, I am taking something that belongs to someone else and harming them. If I cheat on my husband (commit adultery), I am hurting him, our children and even our community (I think) not to mention the guy I cheat with.

Failing to follow most of the minutiae of details of Jewish law doesn't hurt others. That's why they don't concern moral issues, in my view.


Jewish law covers everything, some of them are moral laws between human and human ("give charity", "don't murder", "don't cause another person embarrassment", "don't steal", etc), and others are between human and G-d ("observe the sabbath", "observe the holidays", "don't eat non-kosher", "don't mix wool and linen", etc). Any transgression between human and human requires forgiveness from the offended person, not from G-d. Many violations of the minutiae of Jewish law cause harm to others!
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