14 December 2015

A Hanukah Message in Pork

2 Tevet 5776
Zot Hanukah!

Ton of pork lands in street on way to sausage factory

An unusual sight greeted drivers and passersby on Lehi Street in Rishon LeZion on Monday morning, as 25 pig carcasses lay strewn on the road. Nearly a ton of pork products were spilt onto the road after the truck, which was transporting the meat from a slaughterhouse in the north to a local market, experienced a malfunction.

The city's veterinary support teams were dispatched to the scene, and began collecting the pork products from the road, later sending them to be destroyed. The products which remained on the truck were inspected by city health officials. An initial examination revealed that the truck's rear door swung open while in transit, leading the carcasses to fall out. The cause of the malfunction was apparently a broken door joint.

Roma (18) who was at the scene said, "At 8:30 AM I saw the pigs in the road. At first I thought it was on purpose as part of some animal rights activism, because it was organized across the length of the road. It was a weird sight. People were walking by, everyone was in shock. It's not something you see every day."

This is clearly Divine Providence, so you have to ask yourself why? Some thoughts...

First of all, it can't be a coincidence that it was "25" - a number clearly associated with Hanukah which begins on the 25th of Kislev. (See more here.)

Also, today, the 8th Candle of Hanukah, is called "Zot Hanukah". It's the essence of Hanukah - "8" being the level above nature - the level of the supernatural. This is the level every Jew is called to attain. The gentiles have seven laws because they cannot aspire to any level above the "7". The gentiles can eat pig. The Jew can't. A pig carcas is an instant reminder of the difference between the Jew and the gentile - something the average Jew today very much tends to forget.

It was a pig that Mattityahu was commanded to sacrifice on the altar. Yishmael, as bad as he is, won't have anything to do with pig, but for Eisav, it's the meat of choice for celebrating his UNholy days, one of which is just around the corner.

In his book about Hanukah - "The Mitzvah Candle" - the Maharal of Prague wrote that four animals exhibit only one of the two signs required to be kosher. Three exhibit the inner sign of chewing the cud, but do not have cloven hoofs. The pig, on the other hand, exhibits the outer sign of a cloven hoof, but it does not bring up cud. This is inferior to the other three since this external sign alone indicates superficiality - the outer form without the inner substance. It represents the fourth and final empire which followed the Greeks.

Please add your own thoughts to the comments below.


  1. "Make 'em laugh!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SND3v0i9uhE

  2. just my humble view. my rabbi from agudath yisrael wrote this about noahides:

    "There are also many other things the seven laws allow a ben Noach to eat which we cannot; (he meant, not just pork).
    The difference between Jews and benei Noach lies in the difference of roles. for the fact there are many gerei tzedeq who began life as benei Noach, and were very clearly able to aspire to something above the natural order (which what the number 7 represents), and the Torah grants scope for the realisation of such aspirations.

    i found in chabad about the pig.

    Why is the pig called [in Hebrew] chazir? Because in the future, G‑d will return [le-hachazir] it to Israel.(

    This idea appears in various medieval biblical and Talmudic commentaries, but is not found anywhere in any Talmudic-era source. See Likkutei Sichot 29:128, where several versions of this adage are cited.)
    In the era of Moshiach the world at large will be purified and achieve a higher spiritual level, so that the pig will become permissible for food. (How does this square with one of the basic beliefs of Judaism, that the laws of the Torah will never change? Rabbi Chaim ibn Attar suggests(Ohr ha-Chaim, Leviticus 11:7.) that G‑d will alter the pig’s physiology so that indeed it chews its cud and therefore bears both kosher signs.)

    HR Yitzchak Ginsburgh wrote a book, kabbalah for the nations, which i have. about the 7 sefirot, 70 nations and many of my noahide friends in usa have bought it.

    1. Thank you for pointing out the inadequacy of my poor choice of words. "Aspire" would not be correct. I meant to say that they cannot accomplish anything above the level "7" without changing their nature or inner essence. This level is as high as they can reach as a gentile. To go higher, one must become a Jew. So, there is more of a difference than just the "roles". The Ramchal addresses this in Derech Hashem.

      Any discussion of what will be in a different era or reality, interesting though it may be, does not address the issue at hand - the message for now.

  3. Why does the above commenter need to bring up this matter about the pig. There is no need for it. It is bad enough to even read what is going in Eretz HaKodesh and to bring up the idea of the 'davar acher' becoming a kosher animal in the future is not fitting. We will deal with this interpretation after Moshiach's coming.

    1. I agreed with you. We were writing at the same time.

  4. I saw the news item but really appreciated the parshanut you added.