^^^ Jack: I'm not sure that the Hebrew faith is particularly "strange" (the Muslim faith has the same ideas regarding pig-flesh and Catholics have a prohibition on eating meat on Good Friday). It's just another example of the need for ALL churches to control their brethren!! The prohibition on eating pork probably had a very good basis back in the day when deities were roaming the earth in human form, or when Religions were at their embryonic start.

Call it tradition, call it a decree from God herself - the continuing practice seems to have nothing to do with the higher ideals of the religion - it seems to be a "Jungian" mechanism (IMO - no disrespect intended to any readers that have faith) -but what do I know?