The laws of Kashrut are delineated in our parasha. Samuel David Luzzatto connects these laws to the Stoic maxim, sustine et abstine, often translated as bear and forbear. Luzzatto meant that learning to bear and forbear is the only route to moral excellence. Many of the laws of the Torah call on a person to cultivate such an attitude. In his work, The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holliday develops this theme, explaining that when an individual learns to bear and forbear through challenges, something more beautiful emerges. Kashrut goes beyond these explanations for at its heart it is an act of communal solidarity, through it the Jewish community flourishes and without it we wither away.