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Rebbe Aharon Roth on “Non – kosher Food and its negative influence”

Photo: Miriam Woelke
In Jerusalem
The following statements were not only made by Rebbe Aharon Roth (Ratha) but originally come from the Rambam (Maimonides, 1135 – 1204), from the closest student of the Baal Shem Tov, Rabbi Yaakov Yosef of Polna (1710 – 1784) as well as from Degel Machane Ephraim – Rabbi Moshe Chaim Ephraim of Sudlikov, 1748 – 1800 – a grandson of the Baal Shem Tov.
In his book SHOMER EMUNIM, the founder of Chassidut Toldot Aharon, Rebbe Aharon Roth (Ratha), stresses that a Jew has to have kosher food. Eating non – kosher food is harming your Jewish soul in a negative way. By the way, this opinion is also a very kabbalistic one and not only Halacha !
Non – kosher food can have certain effects on a Jew: For instance, causing him to question G – d. Many starting to act against the Torah always look for justifications such as “the Torah is out of time” or “I am free to do whatever I want !” Of course there is a temptation to taste forbidden foods because it looks delicious and it isn’t always easy to resist.
Rebbe Aharon Roth states that eating non – kosher food may cause you all kinds of thoughts. That you are free to do what you want and who is G – d to tell you what to do. However, the Rebbe also says that having such thoughts does not have an influence on the essence of a Jew (Pnimiyut HaAdam).
On the other hand, doubtful thoughts could have an effect on the arrival of Meshiach. The Gemara in Sanhedrin 97 lists all kinds of reasons for the coming of Meshiach. Meshiach doesn’t necessarily need to come when Jews keep a couple of Shabbatot or are all religious. The Gemara teaches that Meshiach can also come when the Jews hardly keep any Mitzvot anymore.
Jews see secular Jews not keeping Mitzvot and those Jews are not ashamed to act like this in public. Other Jews witnessing this start thinking that this must be the right way to live and not according some ancient book. Especially today, everything seems to be allowed and we do what we want. Many people like to ignore obligations and only do what is good for them.
On the other hand, we are part of a global society where everyone cannot only enjoy rights but also has to fulfill certain obligations. We have to take responsibility even though it very much bothers us sometimes.
I am neither a representative of Toldot Aharon nor am I particularly frum but I do think that many people in our times have become too selfish. They only do what makes THEM feel good and, at the same time, they ignore others and anything reminding them of reality. The world has turned into a FEEL GOOD and DO WHAT YOU LOVE society but it hardly ever works this way. 

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