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24Re: [KosherVegetarian] korban peasch

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  • David Staum
    Jan 12, 2005
      Halevai that I should have that to worry about. I just figure that I'll
      cross that bridge when I come to it.

      But in any case, I prefer to think that we won't have korbanot after the
      Mashiach comes. According to Rambam (Maimonides) in Moreh Nevuchim, Korbanot
      were merely a way to wean B'nai Yisrael off of Avoda Zara. Think to yourself
      how most people would view animal sacrifice today. Is it reasonable to
      assume that when Mashiach comes we'll all revert two thousand years to a
      practice that was just meant to offer a meritorious alternative to idolatry?

      Ramban (Nachmanides), however, feels that the korbanot weren't a compromise
      to anything and are an ideal form of worship. If he turns out to be right,
      then I guess we'll all have some hard choices to make.


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      To: <koshervegetarian@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 12:04 PM
      Subject: [KosherVegetarian] korban peasch

      > I'm 30 yrs old and have been a vege since the age of 5 (my choice
      > incidentally, not my family's).
      > Over the years, mostly at shabbos tables, my friends have "needled" me in
      > all kinds of ways about how my vegetarianism creates certain halachik
      > problems.
      > Since this week's Torah portion is parshas Bo, I figured I would raise
      > the issue of the necessity to eat of the Korban Pesach (eating the Pascal
      > lamb) (Exodus 12:8). It seems that there is a biblical commandment for
      > every Jew to eat at least a k'zayis amount (size of a large olive in
      > talmudic times. Nowadays, approx the size of an egg in volume) of the
      > meat of a roasted lamb on the day before Passover. Of course, this
      > mitzvah only applies when the Temple is rebuilt b/c we are currently in a
      > state of halachik impurity. But still, when Mashiach comes and the Temple
      > is rebuilt (speedily in our days!), every Jew will be obligated, once
      > again, to eat from the Korban Pesach.
      > Has anybody given any thought to how they would handle this? Just curious
      > to hear other people feel about this.
      > I guess I will probably just do the best that I can and try not to think
      > about what I'm eating exactly. Even though I'm somewhat grossed out by
      > the notion of having to eat an animal, I guess my belief in G-d and His
      > Torah will have to find a way to overcome my intellect. I guess if all
      > else fails....PASS THE ROKEACH KATSUP!
      > -Gershon S
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