A lot of people, even within the Judaism, ask if wouldn’t be better to “become” a vegetarian than eating kosher. Actually who chooses to become vegetarian, he does it for a lot of reasons. Doesn’t like the taste of the meat or imagines that a diet based on meat is less healthy than a vegetarian. Others think that is morally wrong to kill an animal to eat. In other words, to use that being to be satisfied, to benefit himself.
In Judaism, the thought is that ideally, it shouldn’t have barriers between the spiritual existence and physical from the person. That is, the life has to be a continuous connection G-d. in Judaism, the activities that are considered “mundane”, as eating, sleeping or going to work, they are also part of the mission to serve G-d.
Exactly this activities are the bridge that we access areas that are more elevated. Therefore, when we eat, for example, we are keeping our physical well-being. Oing this, is only one of the ways o bringing hollines for our lives.
The Talmud reveals that, at the end of the person’s life, the first question from G-d is: “Did you taste the entire product that I put on the earth?”.
We were born also to appreciate all the good that the life can provide us.
One of the biggest knowledgeable about the jewish laws, Maimonides describes in his studies the following: it is a commandment to split the meat in the holidays, precisely to increase the person’s pleasure.
Comparing with the vegetarian, it doesn’t apply to them, precisely because they don’t consume the meat.
The Judaism not only permits to eat meat, but also encourages, as much as the animal is kosher.
When consuming the correct way, the kosher way, the person’s table, becomes a virtual altar, serving G-d.
The same way, the jewish holly book, emphasize the compassion for the animals. An example is that G-d chose Moses to lead the jews, based, simply, in his affectionate care for the flock of sheeps.
According to the Judaism it is prohibited to cause suffering for the animals. In case an animal depends on you for sustenance, it is absolutely prohibited to eat before we feed them. The same way, we are obliged to give our pets, one day of rest on shabat. Another very important standard is that is prohibited to use two different species to pull the same plow, because it is not fair for the weaker animal.
Another prohinition refere to slaughter a cow and her calf on the same day. As well as cutiing and eating a member of a living animal. And its slaughtering must be done with the minimum of suffering for the animal. The blade must be carefully ehaminated to make sure the most painless form of death.
Another serious prohibition is hunting the animal for sport. That practice is seen as a serious depreciation from our wise rabbis.
To deal casually or as a sport with an animal’s life it is unethical to the jewish values.
On the other hand, if a jew wants to accede the way of a vegetarian life, he is wrong. Even if a jew wants to eat in a vegetarian restaurant and doesn’t consume any type of meat, he infringes the kashrut.
When handling and cooking vegetables, green leaves or fruits, there is also kashrut standards to be fulfilled. They need a supervision to become kosher. The same is for the dishes (plates and cutlery) that is going to be used on the meal. They will need to pass through a kosher process.
In Judaism, the highest level that the animal can reach, is to be consumed from a human being, and be used for a divine service. A chicken on the shabat table is a lucky chicken!