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Beitza 25: Hurry Up and Be Patient

In Talmudic times, animals were generally slaughtered only when there was a known buyer ready to eat from the animal before him. Lacking methods of preservation, there was great financial risk in having beautiful displays of meat in a take-out section of the local (super)market. If not enough shoppers purchased the meat, it would go to waste, causing both great financial loss and likely, a violation of ba’al tashchit, unnecessary waste. Shopping has come a long way since Talmudic times.

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