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Being an Omnivore

Practical Parshah - Behaalotecha

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Being an Omnivore: Practical Parshah - Behaalotecha

Torah views meat-eating as a luxury, not a right. When is it appropriate -- and inappropriate -- to use animals for food?
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Vegetarianism, Parshah, Meat, Behaalotecha

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Adam Israel June 5, 2012

Thanks Rabbi I have been listening to your weekly dvar torah for about 2 months now. All I can say is thanks. Wish I could hear you speak in person. I haven't even bothered listening to others...I don't want to get let down.

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Chaya Sao Paulo, Brazil June 21, 2011

Eating Meat After The Flood After the flood, G-d said to Noah that meat could be eaten, "..if your soul desires it." I have always thought it odd that G-d did not refer to a bodily desire, but to the soul. There is no real physical reason to eat meat, unless one has a special problem. Even vitamin B12 can be gotten from suplements. Meat, like smoking, can cause disease. Doctors these days are telling us to cut down on meat. Protein can be gotten from other sources. Why should we be like animals who eat other animals? Reply

binh tran fremont, ca June 21, 2011

Omnivore Thanks Rabbi Kaplan, this teachings sure help me clarify my own question, the part where the one bringing the offering also has to eat and that is a commandment. Thank you very much Rabbi, always. Reply

Diane Tinton falls, NJ June 5, 2011

Once vegetarian I don't know whether this is a question posed by a reader or a proposed question by the Rabbi, but from my humble understanding of Gen 9:6 explicitly and directly gives us the directive to eat meat. This deduction realized that the Flood obviously destroyed vegetation that was able to supply sufficient meat-like nutrients to humans which was no longer available. Reply

Each week, Rabbi Mendel Kaplan will delve into that week's Torah reading to bring out a practical lesson for life and explain the Biblical sources for the customs, laws, practices and ethics of our people.
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