Don’t wait till your Rabbi gets it
Shocking to read how several Orthodox Rabbis disagree with a vegan Seider Pesach, completely detached from the year 2023.
When water was scarce, the Chofezt Chaim used only a little to wash his hands. What a sensitivity, many say almost fainting from excitement. But when scientists say we should eat less meat, the Rabbis faint from shock? We should eat meat. We always did.
Totally untrue. Someone who abhors meat has no obligation to eat it to ‘enhance’ the Shabbat or Festival experience. Someone who knows it’s bad for his health must refrain from it. And someone who knows the mass consumption of animal produce threatens our very survival, how could he?
There is a chance they don’t even know what a vegan meal looks like. They might assume that it is their meat-centered meal minus the meat, which is a boring, insufficient hunger diet.
But the worst, I think, is the lack of empathy. Just because you like meat, everyone must? Or, no one should abhor it?
This reminds me of many Rabbi’s revulsion about homosexuality. Just because you dislike the idea, everyone should? For some people, that is the only way they may become ‘one flesh.’
Reb Shlomo said we ran out of true Rabbis. Everyone should lead the way. That seems an exaggeration (to get his point across). I learn happily from selected Rabbis who know so much more than me. But yeah, just waiting till the Rabbis get it might waste precious time and get us exterminated.
A good Pesach meal should have matzah shemurah, which is whole-wheat. Ashkenazics can get all their protein from nuts (except peanuts).
Let no one tell you that your vegan Seider is inferior. Enjoy the Festival.
I’m excluding form the above the Rabbis who know better.