A close friend of mine asked me to fire this question at the mi.yodeya community so here goes:
"I came across this rather interesting rendition of "kashrus Explained", not sure who authored it, but I was intrigued.
thought I would fire out a little "Mi Yodeya" challenge to you.
Challenge: can any of you point me to a rishon (point me to the actual source) thats says any of the first three things befeirush (explicitly)?
The purposes of Kashrut are:
- to limit the number of animals the Jew is permitted to kill and eat;
- to render the slaughter of the permitted animals as painless as possible;
- to cause revulsion at the shedding of blood;
- to instill self-discipline in the Jew; ( RSRH, Moreh Nevuchim, ...)
- to help sustain Judaism and the cohesion of the Jewish community;
- to raise the act of eating from an animal-like level. ( tanya, nefesh hachaim, others....)"
My friend is looking for Rishon-level sources for only 1-3.
(I personally have doubts as far as the veracity of #'s 2 and 3, and challenge anyone to come up with even a mainstream acharon that says such reasons)
(I also challenge the premise of purposes of Kashrus, as opposed to reasons and symbolism, but that is for a different question.)
(The list is from
The nine questions people ask about Judaism By Dennis Prager, Joseph Telushkin