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Lo Tirtzack

Lo Tirtzack

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The exact Hebrew wording of this biblical phrase is
lo tirtzack 
which accuratelytranslates as
"any kind of killing whatsoever."
The exact Hebrew wording of this biblical phrase is
lo tirtzack.
One of the greatestscholars of Hebrew/English linguistics (in the Twentieth Century) -Dr. Reuben Alcalay -has written in his mammoth book the Complete Hebrew /English Dictionary that"tirtzach" refers to
"any kind of killing whatsoever."
The word "
," as you mightsuspect, means "thou shalt not."Many Bible scholars persist with the theory that Christ ate animal flesh, obviouslyswayed in their opinions by personal habits. The desire to accede to prejudice and upholdexisting tradition has been a human characteristic for many centuries, but truth appearsnow even more important as man exerts his independence in so many aspects of life.Respected Bible scholar Rev. V.A. Holmes-Gore has researched the frequent use of theword "meat" in the New Testament Gospels. He traced its meaning to the original Greek.His findings were first published in World Forum of Autumn, 1947. He reveals that thenineteen Gospel references to "meat" should have been more accurately translated thus:
Greek word, number of references and actual meaning.
4 "Food"
4 "The act of eating"
3 "to eat"
1 "That which is eaten"
6 "Nourishment"
1 "Anything to eat"Thus, the Authorized Version of John 21:5, .'Have ye any meat?" is incorrect. It shouldhave been translated: "Have ye anything to eat?""Fish" is another frequently mistranslated word in the Bible. Its reference is often not tothe form of swimming life, but to the symbol by which early Christians could identifyeach other. It was a secret sign, needed in times of persecution, prior to officialacceptance of Christianity as a state religion.The sign of the fish was a mystical symbol and conversational password. Its namederiving from the Greek word for fish, "ichthus" Much later it was represented anacrostic, composed of leading letters of the Greek phrase, "Iesous Christos Theou UiosSoter"-"Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour."Frequent references to fish are intended as symbolic of The Christ and have nothing to dowith the act of eating a dead fish. But the symbol of the fish did not meet with Romanapproval. They preferred the sign of the cross, choosing to concentrate more on the death
of Christ than on His brilliant life. Perhaps this is one reason only ten percent of His liferecord appears in the canonical scriptures. Most of His first thirty years has been omitted.
Various "Translations" of the 6th Commandment
'Thou shalt not kill any living thing,' for life is given to all by God, and that which Godhas given, let not man taketh it away.
~Jesus, Gospel of the Holy Twelve,
(earliest known recorded words of Jesus)
"Thou shalt not kill."
~Exodus 20:13
 Authorized version of King James
"You shall not murder." ~
New International Version
What is Veganism?
The following is an excerpt from
 Vegan Vittles
written by
Joanne Stepaniak, M.S.Ed.
Simply stated, veganism is the conviction and practice of compassionate living. Veganism is a way of living whichexcludes all forms of exploitation and cruelty to the animal kingdom and includes reverence for all life.
By definition, a vegetarian is one whose diet consists of vegetables, fruits, grains, beans,nuts, and sometimes animal products such as eggs, milk, or cheese. A vegan is someonewho lives solely on the products of the plant kingdom without the addition of eggs, dairyor animal products.The term "vegetarian" refers only to what one eats and does not pertain to any other aspect of one's life. The impetus for becoming a vegetarian however, may be based onethical, religious, health, environmental, or economic concerns, or any combination of these.The motivation for becoming vegan however, is fundamentally rooted in a compelling setof ethical beliefs. Both total vegetarians and vegans abstain from eating all meat, fish, or fowl, as well as any other foods of animal origin such as butter, milk, yogurt, honey, eggs,gelatin, or lard, and any prepared foods containing these ingredients. But veganismencompasses far more than just diet.
The Vegan Society in England defines veganism as follows: "Veganism is a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animalkingdom, and includes a reverence for life.
It applies to the practice of living on the products of the plant kingdom to the exclusion of flesh, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, animal
milk and its derivatives, and encourages the use of alternatives for all commoditiesderived wholly or in part from animals."Therefore, in addition to adopting a total vegetarian diet, vegans make a conscious effortto avoid all forms of exploitation, harm, and cruelty to animals regardless of any"beneficial" end result or any perceived "value" to society. Thus, vegans do not hunt or fish and abhor the unnatural confinement, cruel training, and degrading use of animals incircuses, zoos, rodeos, races, and other forms of "entertainment."Vegans oppose the unnecessary and barbarous testing of cosmetics, drugs, and household products on animals. They also denounce experiments performed on animals for thealleged potential benefit to human health. Vegans make every effort to abstain frommedical procedures or drugs that have involved animal suffering. The use of animal products for adornment such as pearls, ivory, or tortoise shell; or clothing including itemsmade from silk, wool, leather, or fur is also shunned. Furthermore, vegans do not usesoaps, cosmetics, or household products which contain animal fats or oils, perfumeswhich are made from animal products, brushes made of animal hair, or pillows,comforters, or parkas stuffed with feathers.Although this may appear to be a lengthy list of "don'ts," it illustrates the extent to whichhuman beings have come to rely on animal-based products and will advocate animalexploitation when it involves making a profit. Nevertheless, vegans do not bemoan whatthey cannot have and instead view their philosophy and lifestyle as surprisinglyliberating.Some people might argue that it is impossible to be totally vegan in today's modernsociety, and technically, they would be right. The use of animal products and the byproducts of meat, dairy, and egg production are, sadly, tremendously pervasive. For instance, animal fats are used in the production of steel, rubber, vinyl, and plastics.Hence, cars, buses, and even bicycles are not vegan items. Animal products are used in bricks, plaster, cement, and many home insulation materials. They can also be foundextensively in everyday products including over-the-counter and prescription drugs, glue,antifreeze, hydraulic brake fluid, videotape, photographic film, tennis rackets, musicalinstruments, and innumerable other items. Even wine may be clarified with fish meal or egg whites.Vegans acknowledge that purity in an industrial country is not only unattainable butunrealistic, and to maintain the impossible as an objective may very well becounterproductive. Participating in a society which is founded on animal exploitation places vegans in a continual ethical dilemma. The goal, in effect, becomes trying not tocapitalize on, promote, or in any way contribute further to this anthropocentric perspective. Vegans are, at times, inevitably forced to choose between the minutia of ethical consistency, and a realistic approach. Embracing veganism compels practitionersto confront their attitudes towards all forms of life.

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