Shoftim – Shlishi

Because Cows Have Four Stomachs, You Know

By Rabbi Jack Abramowitz

Since the Tribe of Levi has no portion of land in Israel – their portion being the service of God – the kohanim receive specific parts of certain sacrifices, plus the various gifts referred to as terumah. From cattle, sheep and goats, they get the right foreleg, the jaw and a specific stomach (the abomasum). They get a portion of grain, wine, oil and sheep’s wool. This is because of the work God has chosen them to perform on behalf of the nation.

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