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Fish and Eiver min ha'Hai

Updated: Oct 21, 2022

Divine Code for October 20, 2022

Today: Page 240

Topic 1:7 -- 1:8

Ever min ha'hai applies only to land animals and birds that have blood.

It does not apply to fish [including all animals that reproduce and spend most of their time in water], reptiles and sheretz. The term sheretz refers to the eight creatures designated in Levitcus 11:29-30.

While these animals may be eaten if they are still alive, one should only do so for medical reasons.

Therefore eating creatures alive does not violate the commandment against "eating meat from a living creature," but an upright person will not inflict unnecessary pain or suffering on a living creature.

All creatures are permitted as food for the Children of Noah (if they are not injurious to the person's health), and killing a creature for the sake of preparing it as food usually entails inflicting some pain and distress upon it. That is the permission given to human beings, to "rule over the animals." But people should not be cruel in applying this G'd-given privilege.

Therefore it is proper for a society to make civil laws that forbid and punish the infliction of cruelty upon living creatures.

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