Saturday, 7 November 2009

P. Noah: R.S.R. Hirsch, Inuits, and Vegetarianism

There is a lot of discussion about the desirability of vegetarianism, etc. It was the original antediluvian ideal etc.

Yet the Torah's permission to consume flesh is unambiguous

"Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; as with the green herbs have I given you all these" ( Hirsch Breishis 9:3 New Edition P. 222)

The Torah simply equates flesh and herbs! No hierarchy of preference.

R. Hirsch elaborates as to what changed climatically to make this so. Certainly "Eskimos" [Inuit] would be hard-pressed to become vegetarians, and any cold climate could present a similar challenge


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