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There is a difference in meaning between לו , meaning that it (DOES) have (jointed legs) and לא meaning that it does not. So, which is it? The answer that we follow is that it goes according to the kri meaning that it DOES have it. That would make these insects permissible. The reason it is written לא is explained in Chullin 65a: (ויקרא יא, כא) אשר לא ...

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