Being Jewish, I've wondered this myself at times.
The animal sacrifice thing fell out of favor after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. Priests gave way to rabbis, sacrifice gave way to prayer. The faith became portable, and the Temple, where unblemished bullocks were sacrificed, was replaced by the Torah, a book.
The more onerous commandments mentioned in Leviticus, like the ones about stoning, menstruation, wearing garments weaved with different fibers, planting two crops in one field, seemed to have faded away due to practicality and the realities of the Diaspora.
As for keeping Kosher, things like avoiding swine and shellfish, eating meat from Kosher butchers, not mixing meat and dairy, keeping two sets of dishes, I think that the ease of complying with these dietary laws has led to their endurance, though only the Orthodox observe these. Plus, there's a commercial aspect: a whole lot of Kosher butchers would be out of work.
Me, I was raised in a Reform household, and though I didn't eat pork chops until I was out of the house, my mother cooked bacon, we only had one set of dishes, and a salami and cheese sandwich was perfectly okay. There's a running joke about Reform Jews: pork is trayfe (not Kosher) unless it's served in a Chinese restaurant.
On the other hand, if my rabbi knew I posted a story about "The Art of the Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich", he'd have kittens.
But then he'd ask to try one.
"In spite of everything, I still believe that people
are really good at heart." - Anne Frank
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