Re: Abel's sheep

empreil@juno.com
Fri, 20 Jun 1997 11:23:03 EDT

Scott Waxman asked:
>I have a simple question, I hope. Why did Abel raise sheep. We
>learn that people didn't eat animals until after the flood.

Rashi (quoting the Midrash) says that Hevel (Abel) chose to raise sheep
in order to separate himself from agricultural activities since the
ground had just been cursed as part of Adam's punishment from eating from
the tree. Even if Man couldn't eat the sheep, he could benefit from its
wool and its milk.

Kol tuv,
Elozor Preil