Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Are you worthy of eating meat?


When Gd creates Adam and Chavah, He only permits them to eat that which grows from the ground. It is only after the Flood that Gd permits consumption of higher-order living things. The commentators offer various explanations for this change.

The following passage from the Talmud indicates that meat-eating is a privilege reserved for people who develop themselves spiritually:

"Rebbe said: A person who does not study Torah may not eat meat. It is written (Leviticus 11), 'This is the Torah of consuming animals and poultry,' showing that one who is involved in Torah is permitted to eat meat and poultry, but one who is not involved in Torah may not do so."

(Talmud, Pesachim 49b)

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