The Torah tells us not to boil a goat in its mother’s milk—that’s why Jews who keep kosher don’t eat milk with meat. But we’re not sure what the Torah says about truck washes. (Do not wash Fords with Subarus? Never wash a truck in its own… coolant?)
The laws of kashrut are a set of dietary restrictions. There’s a lot of talk about milk, meat, gelatin, pork, etc. Alas, there is no mention in the Torah—as far as we know—of spark plugs, transmissions, tailpipes or brake lights.
But perhaps a new biblical interpretation is in order! As Susan Sontag once wrote, “Interpretation is the revenge of flatbeds upon foodies.” (Or something like that, probably.)
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