Re: Animals

Len613@aol.com
Wed, 12 Feb 1997 01:35:58 -0500 (EST)

In a message dated 97-02-02 02:10:20 EST, Elliott Brandwein writes in two
messages:
>However, it is important to remember that the purpose of [animals] being
>placed here is for us, and, Baruch Ha-Shem, He has given us animals for
our >enjoyment in this world.

And <<The universe was not created for any other creature besides
humans. >>

I have addressed this issue before from Rambam's standpoint.

He contradicts the above citations, saying that is absurd to think that the
unverse was created just for us. "Man has an erronious idea of himself, and
believes that the whole world exists for his sake." He wrote that the
Creator intended to give existance to all beings whose existance is possible,
because existance is undoubtedly good. "And Gd saw all that He made, and
behold it was very good. (Gen. 1:31)"

Len