Parashat Tzav: Do not eat life!

One does not need to be a vegetarian to be able to identify with the basic principle that shedding blood is not a decent moral virtue.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
March 21, 2019 12:16
3 minute read.
Parashat Tzav: Do not eat life!

‘ONE DOES not need to be a vegetarian to be able to identify with the basic principle that shedding blood is not a decent moral virtue.’. (photo credit: ROSS DUNN/FLICKR)

 
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This week’s Torah portion, Tzav, continues dealing with various offerings sacrificed in the Temple. In the midst of a long and detailed discussion of halachot (Jewish laws) pertaining to sacrifices, we read about the severe prohibition of eating blood of animals or birds:

“And you shall not eat any blood in any of your dwelling places, whether from birds or from animals. Any person who eats any blood, that soul shall be cut off from its people” (Leviticus 7:26-27).

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