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We got the Meats

03/12/2020 10:38:25 AM

Mar12

Shalom Lewis, Rabbi Emeritus

In a recent email to his/her subdivision, an anonymous vegan jogger asked neighbors not to barbecue meat outdoors and when grilling meat indoors, to close the windows because of the ‘…overpowering, offensive odor.’ This whining narcissist pleads for empathy for #plant-based neighbors. There are so many points of entry into this idiocy I’m not sure where to start so let me just jump in. How about empathy for carnivores? How about running on a treadmill? How about running on a public track? How about a nose clip? How about growing up? This is a self-righteousness slippery slope beyond rib steaks and hamburgers. Next it could be no Amazon deliveries so as not to hurt the feelings of the poor. Or removal of video doorbells as an invasion of privacy. Or prohibiting cutting the grass as destruction of a natural habitat. Such self-absorption is infantile, disrespectful and arrogant. The tip of the tail does not get the right to wag the much larger canine. The tip of the tail must sometimes tolerate the smell of meat sizzling on a Weber.
 
Once upon a time in the Old Country a group of Chassidim asked their rebbe to request the village priest prohibit his flock from keeping their stores open on Shabbos. It was stressful for the Jews who could not shop. The rebbe responded, “I will not make such a request”. In time, the Chassidim asked their rebbe to request the village priest prohibit his flock from having bakeries open during Pesach. It was stressful for the Jews who could only eat unleavened products. The rebbe responded, “I will not make such a request.” In time, the Chassidim asked their rebbe to request the village priest prohibit his flock from having their taverns and eateries open on Yom Kippur. It was stressful for the Jews who were fasting. The rebbe responded, “I will not make such a request.” Mystified by their rebbe’s refusal to speak with the local priest, they asked the sage, “Are you afraid of the Good Father? Do you fear our Catholic neighbors?’ Replied the rabbi, “I fear neither the Good Father nor the Catholics.” The Chassidim persisted, “So why won’t you speak with him and relieve our stress?” The rebbe glared at his followers and quoted the Psalms. “…hashamayim shamayim L’Adonai v’ha’aretz natan livnei adam-the heavens belong to God and the earth was given to mankind.” “Livnei adam, to mankind” said the rebbe,” Not to the Jews alone.”
 
The world does not revolve around us nor does it revolve around vegan joggers.
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