Moshe presents to the nation the blessing of a spiritually oriented life, and the curse of becoming disconnected from Hashem. When the nation enters Eretz Yisrael they must burn down any trees that had been used for idol-worship, and destroy all idolatrous statues. Hashem will choose only one place where the Divine Presence will dwell. Offerings may be brought only there; not to a private altar. Moshe repeatedly warns against eating animal blood. In the desert, all meat was slaughtered in the Mishkan, but in Eretz Yisrael meat may be shechted anywhere. Moshe lists the categories of food that may be eaten only in Jerusalem. He warns the nation against copying ways of the other nations. Since the Torah is complete and perfect, nothing may be added to or subtracted from it. If a "prophet" tells the people to permanently abandon a Torah law or indulge in idol worship, he is to be put to death. One who entices others to worship idols is to be put to death. A city of idolatry must be razed. It is prohibited to show excessive signs of mourning, such as marking the skin or making a bald spot. Moshe reiterates the classifications of kosher and non-kosher food and the prohibition of cooking meat and milk. Produce of the second tithe must be eaten in Jerusalem, and if the amount is too large to carry, it may be exchanged for money with which food is bought in Jerusalem. In certain years this tithe is given to the poor. Bnei Yisrael are instructed to always be open-hearted, and in the seventh year any loans must be discounted Hashem will bless the person in all ways. A Jewish bondsman is released after six years, and must be sent away with generous provisions. If he refuses to leave, his ear is pierced with an awl at the door post and he remains a bondsman until the Jubilee Year. The Parsha ends with a description of the three pilgrimage festivals of Pesach, Shavuot and Succot.
"You shall not eat any carcass" (14:21)
I can remember a slightly more innocent world where the actors and actresses in Hollywood were referred to as "stars”. Of course, to call a human being a star is a tremendous piece of fantasy and exaggeration.
However, hyperbole, as everyone knows, is subject to the law of diminishing returns. If everyone is somebody, and nobody is nobody, then to get noticed being a "star" isn’t good enough, and in the 70’s a new epithet emerged — the "superstar”. Of course, these mere mortals were as tarnished and faded as their predecessors, the "stars”, but the march of exaggeration and the debasement of language is not to be halted by squeamish concerns of accuracy or truth.
The short reign of the "superstars" came to an end with the advent of the "megastar”.
Where to from here?
A kosher shechita (ritual slaughtering for kosher food) involves fulfilling numerous halachic requirements. The shochet (ritual slaughterer) must be a
The shochet must carefully check the animal’s lungs. An adhesion on the lung is something not easily detected, and often a decision must be made about this that will affect whether the animal is kosher or not.
If the lungs are completely free of adhesions, the animal is called glatt kosher.
On the average, between two and four percent of all cows that are shechted are glatt kosher.
How is it that nowadays nearly every restaurant/butcher/deli proclaims that they are glatt kosher? Given the statistics it just doesn’t seem possible.
The likely answer is that the world of kashrut is not immune from the dreaded disease that affects so much of modern discourse — hyperbole. Glatt isn’t what it used to be.