Purpose of the Laws of Hybrids


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Curious Commands

Both Vayikra 19:19 and Devarim 22:9-11 contain various laws relating to prohibited mixtures, including the prohibition to crossbreed animals, sow a field or vineyard with seeds of diverse species, wear a garment made of wool and linen, and to plow with an ox and donkey together.  As each of these actions seems fairly innocuous, with no obvious harm being inflicted on others, the reason for the prohibitions is not at all self-evident. Why should Hashem care what materials make up one's clothing or whether two different species are planted together?  Is there some lesson to be learned from the prohibitions?  Last, do all the prohibitions listed in the verses share a common purpose, or is each law independent of the others?

Additional Questions

The verses raise several additional questions: