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From: rhendel@mcs.drexel.edu (Russell Hendel) Date: Sun, 7 Dec 1997 18:18:29 -0500 Subject: Another Point On the Prohibition of Destroying The Talmud gives the case of two neighbors A and B: B says "Look I will rebuild our common wall so we can have better windows..I'll pay for everything you won't lose anything". The Talmud says that A can say "I don't want to live in a house with vibrating walls for a month (while you fix it)" B continues: "No problem...I will personally pay so that you can stay at my mansion free and then come back when the wall is done. " A can still stay "I don't feel like moving". Both these cases are brought down in Jewish law in the Shulchan Aruch. The implication is clear: "Personal inconveniecne--"I dont feel like moving" is a valid reason to refuse an "improvement". Maybe vegetarianism is "better"...but if eating meat has certain conveniences then I have the right to avoid it just as i can avoid improving my windows because I don't like vibrations or the strain of moving. Some deficiencies in vegetarianism (which, forgive me, no one has yet mentioned) - Meat eaters get vitamin B12 easily Vegetarians have to go out of their way to get it - Meat eaters get complete protein easily Vegetarians have to combine foods in certain ways to achieve this( a famous experiment in which two vegetbles were eaten an hour apart showed that no protein had been absorbed even though complete protein would be absorbed if they were eaten together) - Finally, the taste of a juicy steak is preferable to a juicy eggplant!! While some of these reasons may appear frivolous (e.g. taste) some of them are serious (Vegetarians DO have to work to get complete protein...) Also B12 deficiencies can cause irreversible nerve damage. I conclude that even if all the other reasons mentioned are true (one method is insufficient, bal tashchis doesn't apply etc) I am still under no halachic obligation to change my lifestyle if I "feel like it" The only thing I can't do because I "feel like it" is to go and destroy for no reason some object I own. I hope this helps Russell Jay Hendel; Ph.d;ASA; rhendel @ mcs drexel edu