Re: Animal Sacrifices

Eliezer Wenger (
Mon, 23 Jun 1997 17:48:34 -0400 (EDT)

Russell Hendel in TF V3 #44 writes that according to Rav Hirsch there is no
objection to killing animals just to obtain leather for shoes or for fur for
coats. Not having seen that Rav Hirsch (BTW, perhaps Russell can indicate
the exact source where that can be found, I would like to check it out), I
do know that the Kitzur Shulchan Oruch in Siman 59:13 states that one should
not wish the wearer of leather shoes or other leather garments "May you wear
it out and purchase a new one" (even if it is made from non-kosher animals)
because in order to enable a person to buy a new article from leather would
necessitate the killing of a living creature and in Psalms 145:9 it stated
"His mercies are on all His works".