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According to Rav Kook, it is ideal to be a vegetarian. This is because he assumes G-d would not create a world in which creatures could not exist in harmony (see linked article) and therefore this would include killing animals. How, according to Rav Abraham Isaac Kook in A Vision of Vegetarianism and Peace would the necessary leather and parchment for things like Tefilin or Torah scrolls be obtained?

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What does vegetarianism (not eating animals) have to do with leather? Do you eat leather? Also, please cite your claims about Rav Kook (Tzvi Yehuda? Avraham Yitzchak?) and be sure to be precise what exactly he claims is ideal (and perhaps what he means by "ideal" if that is the language he uses). –  Double AA Jan 20 at 19:57
    
You haven't addressed multiple points in my comment which are essential to understanding your question. The citation is nice, as a verification, but without further clarity the question is still pretty unanswerable. –  Double AA Jan 20 at 20:05
    
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/18873/603 –  Menachem Jan 20 at 23:25
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Tefilin, etc., can be made from animals that die on their own (see e.g. The source in the Talmud is Shabbos 108a). Thus even under a situation where killing animals wasn't possible, leather would still be available.

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That would not be the answer "according to Rav Abraham Isaac Kook in A Vision of Vegetarianism and Peace." –  YEZ Jan 20 at 20:08
    
@YEZ How do you know? –  Double AA Jan 20 at 20:08
    
@DoubleAA See the article linked in the question, in which R' Kook says that vegetarianism should not be practiced today, and it is an ideal for the future. Mitzvos were given which necessitate killing animals, and Rav Kook was not against that b'zman hazeh. –  YEZ Jan 20 at 20:11
    
@YEZ What is the relevance of that statement? Tefillin is not a mitzva which necessitates killing animals... –  Double AA Jan 20 at 20:12
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+1. The question asks specifically about killing animals and t'filin and k'lafim, and this answers it directly and with a good source. –  msh210 Jan 20 at 21:09
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You could ask the same question about sacrifices and egla arufa and many mitzvos that involve killing animals. Rav Kook's point is that killing/eating animals is a temporary allowance, and the ideal will return to the way it was with Adam who did not have the right to eat (and possibly to kill) animals, and did not have tefillin. For now, it is certainly allowed.

How he dealt with the Rishonim who say that there will be sacrifices in the third Temple, I don't know.

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Well, the issue more is that there are plenty of Jewish vegetarians (myself included), and I was wondering based on the ideas of Rav Kook how someone could do that. –  Avram Levitt Jan 20 at 19:56
    
he infers this from the mention only of the meal offering in the final suplication at the end of the amidah about the Third Temple, in עולת ראיה I believe. –  Baby Seal Jan 20 at 19:57
    
That's a different question. Rav Kook wouldn't help a vegetarian today. He himself was not a vegetarian. He was in fact against vegetarianism today (in his pamphlet about the ideal). –  YEZ Jan 20 at 19:59
    
@AvramLevitt I thought being a vegetarian here only meant not eating meat. –  Baby Seal Jan 20 at 19:59
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@BabySeal That is fine, but the Rambam is explicit about this point in the Yad (despite his comments in the Moreh). –  YEZ Jan 20 at 20:02
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