Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. This is a great video about the hypothesis of Jesus being a vegetarian Essene, some say he was vegan even. Some scholars say Moses was an Essene vegetarian or vegan, as were Essenes and that there was a conflict between Essenes and the Pharisees (2 branches of Judaism) over the need to eat meat or sacrifice animals in the Temple – conflict that led to Jesus death a week after he drove away the animal traders from the temple. The Essenes were for never or ultra rarely, if ever, drinking wine also.
There is a hypothesis, since there is no absolute proof science can offer to everyone, among many people that some branches of Judaism (thru the Bible itself, the Torah portion) and Jesus taught Loving Kindness towards all humans and animals, vegetarianism/veganism and reincarnation, just like much of Taoism, Hinduism and Buddhism teach. Few people know these quotes and how much the Bible (Torah portion) talks against killing animals even in the current ultra edited form.
Some scholars say that during Moses and Jesus times the reincarnation mysteries and deeper astral travel and translation teachings were only revealed to vegetarians and some of the deeper unions with God were attained by veganism and avoiding any root vegetable or anything that kills the plant.
The Talmud says “What is hateful to yourself, do not do to your fellow man. That is the whole Torah; the rest is just commentary.” (Talmud Shabbat 31a). One of the core commandments of Judaism is “Love them (everyone, non-Jews too) as yourself” (Leviticus 19:34), sometimes called the Great Commandment. It’s in the Bible.
There are 50 versions of the Gospel and in many Jesus saves animals and teaches that one should abstain from killing or eating animals, he multiplies bread and grapes, not bread and fish. Roman Emperors changed scriptures for maximum control via maximum fear of “eternal hell” and also because they loved to eat meat? For more on Jesus and reincarnation, see https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/V82673SeKyV.
Bible (Torah portion) Vegetarian Quotations:
God’s original dietary law
And God said: “Behold, I have given you every herb-yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree that has seed-yielding fruit – to you it shall be for food.”
Avoiding animal sacrifice in the Torah … The Torah section of the Bible says:
I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto Me?” says the Lord. “I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs or of he-goats. . . bring no more vain oblations… Your new moons, Sabbaths and your appointed feasts my soul hates; … and when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear; your hands are full of blood. Wash and make yourselves clean, Take your evil deeds out of my sight, Stop doing wrong”
I hate, I despise your feasts, and I will take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Though you offer me burnt offerings and your meal offerings, I will not accept them; neither will I regard the peace-offerings of your fat beasts. Take away from me the noise of your song; and let Me not hear the melody of your psalteries. But let justice well up as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
Amos 5:21– 4
He that kills an ox is as if he slew a person.
MORE ON THE IDEAL DIET:
God did not permit Adam and his wife to kill a creature to eat its flesh. Only every green herb shall they all eat together.
Rashi’s commentary on Genesis 1:29
You are permitted to use the animals and employ them for work, have dominion over them in order to utilize their services for your subsistence, but must not hold their life cheap nor slaughter them for food. Your natural diet is vegetarian….
Moses Cassuto (1883 -1951) in his commentary From Adam to Noah
Adam was not permitted meat for purposes of eating.
Babylonian Talmud (Sanhedrin 59b)
Attitude toward animals:
The Lord is good to all and His tender mercies are over all His creatures.
The tzaddik (righteous person) acts according to the laws of justice; not only does he act according to these laws with human beings, but also with animals.
Living creatures possess a soul and a certain spiritual superiority which in this respect make them similar to those who possess intellect (people) and they have the power of affecting their welfare and their food and they flee from pain and death.
Nachmanides, commentary on Genesis 1:29
There is no difference between the pain of humans and the pain of other living beings, since the love and tenderness of the mother for the young are not produced by reasoning, but by feeling, and this faculty exists not only in humans but in most living beings.
Maimonides Guide for the Perplexed
For that which befalls the sons of men befalls animals; even one thing befalls them; as the one dies, so dies the other; yes, they all have one breath; so that man has no preeminence above an animal; for all is vanity. All go to one place; all are of the dust. Who knows the spirit of men whether it goes upward; and the spirit of the animal whether it goes downward to the earth?
It is forbidden, according to the law of the Torah, to inflict pain upon any living creature. On the contrary, it is our duty to relieve the pain of any creature, even if it is ownerless or belongs to a non Jew.
Code of Jewish Law
Love of all creatures is also love of God, for whoever loves the One (God) loves all the works that He has made. When one loves God, it is impossible not to love His creatures. The opposite is also true. If one hates the creatures, it is impossible to love God Who created them. (Maharal of Prague, Nesivos Olam, Ahavas haRe’i, 1)
Vegetarianism and Health
Following the many precedents prescribed in the Code of Jewish Law, we would have little difficulty in arriving at the conclusion that, if indeed eating meat is injurious to one’s health, it is not only permissible, but possibly even mandatory that we reduce our ingestion of an unhealthful product to the minimal level.
Rabbi Alfred Cohen, “Vegetarianism From a Jewish Perspective”, Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society, Vol. 1, No. II, (Fall, 1981), 61.
As it is halachically prohibited to harm oneself and as healthy, nutritious vegetarian alternatives are easily available, meat consumption has become halachically unjustifiable.
Rosen, Rabbi David, “Vegetarianism: An Orthodox Jewish Perspective”, in Rabbis and Vegetarianism: An Evolving Tradition, edited by Roberta Kalechofsky (Micah Publications: Marblehead, Massachusetts, 1995), 54.