by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths
Most likely, many of you do not want to hear this, but according to scientists at England’s Oxford University, vegetarians are 32% less likely to be hospitalized or die from heart disease than people who eat meat and fish.
Why, for the thirty second joy of the taste that eating meat brings will man be so quick to shorten his life is beyond me. Man was not created to eat meat and fish. Meat eating came many years after man was created. It was only after the destruction by flood, in Noah’s generation, that man was given permission to eat meat.
And what about the Temple sacrifices? Most of them were animals. When the Temple is restored, if the sacrifices return, there might again be an obligation to eat meat. We will see. But today, there is no obligation to eat meat.
And what about the line in the Talmud that religious meat eaters love to quote? “There is no joy except with meat and wine.”[i] And therefore they conclude, “You have an obligation to eat meat on Shabbos and Holidays!” They never quote the next line in that gemora that explains that the joy the gemora was referring to was the joy of eating the meat of the holiday sacrifice, and since we do not have the sacrifices any more, that joy rests only on wine. Wine, which by the way, when consumed in moderation is very good for you. L ‘chaim!
[i]Gemora Pesachim 109a