Daily Aliya for Shemot, Revii (4th Aliya)
Aliya Summary: Moshe was shepherding Yitro’s flocks in the wilderness when he arrived at the “mountain of G‑d.” There he saw a bush burning, yet it was not being consumed by the fire. When he approached to investigate the phenomenon, G‑d called out to him. G‑d declared that He has seen the Israelites’ afflictions, and has decided to deliver them from their Egyptian masters.
The Gemara in Brachot teaches us that it is from the Torah’s reference to “a Land flowing with milk & honey” that we learn that milk (of a kosher animal) is permissible for us to drink. We might have thought that an animal’s milk is akin to “limb from a living animal”, which would render it a forbidden food. It is inconceivable, though, that the Torah would choose a non-kosher product in describing the Holy Land. Similarly, honey appears to be the product of the non-kosher bee. If so, it would not be permitted. But the bee processes the honey – it is not considered coming from the bee, and is therefore permissible to eat.
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