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Rabbi Ari Shvat

Tevet 3, 5782
No I’m not vegetarian. ^why not? Do you know any rabbis who are? As I wrote, only after the God of History enabled us to reveal protein substitutes, refrigeration, etc. did it become practical to be a vegetarian, so all those rabbis probably ate meat. ^are you speaking about supplements and vitamins? Do you think all of those rabbis would be vegetarians if they were incarnated in todays society? thanks
I personally, like most rabbis, am not a vegetarian yet, because we still have much room to improve in our obligatory morality towards fellow Jews and mankind in general, and as Rav Kook suggests, don't want to be distracted by dedicating time and effort to lower and non-obligatory issues which constantly surround us and would preoccupy us. On the other hand, Rav Kook feels it important already to speak and educate on this topic, to know what should be our general direction. Yes I know rabbis who are vegetarians. Not necessarily supplements and vitamins but mainly various types of proteins from vegetable and milk products. I generally prefer not to relate to "what if he/they were alive today?", for as mentioned above, many great rabbis are vegetarians and most still are not, so we can't know. On the other hand, I definitely wouldn't be surprised if those great rabbis would be vegetarian if they were alive.
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