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The Israelite's were definitely able to eat their animals (if the blood was sprinkled on the altar the meat was theirs like any shelamim. see chulin 16b). According to the Ramban (11:4) they didn't have enough livestock to provide meat for everyone every day, so only the leaders got a portion while the rest starved, that is why they complained.

כי לא היה לכל העם בשר לאכול בכל יום, אע"פ שאכלו ממנו פעמים רבות והיה למקצתם מקנה ואכלו ממנו הגדולים, כמנהג המחנות ומקומות היוקר

However, Rashi is of the opinion that they had more than enough meat, they were just looking for a pretext. As for your second question i will leave it for someone else to answer.

The Israelite's were definitely able to eat their animals (if the blood was sprinkled on the altar the meat was theirs. see chulin 16b). According to the Ramban (11:4) they didn't have enough livestock to provide meat for everyone every day, so only the leaders got a portion while the rest starved, that is why they complained.

כי לא היה לכל העם בשר לאכול בכל יום, אע"פ שאכלו ממנו פעמים רבות והיה למקצתם מקנה ואכלו ממנו הגדולים, כמנהג המחנות ומקומות היוקר

However, Rashi is of the opinion that they had more than enough meat, they were just looking for a pretext. As for your second question i will leave it for someone else to answer.

The Israelite's were definitely able to eat their animals (if the blood was sprinkled on the altar the meat was theirs like any shelamim. see chulin 16b). According to the Ramban (11:4) they didn't have enough livestock to provide meat for everyone every day, so only the leaders got a portion while the rest starved, that is why they complained.

כי לא היה לכל העם בשר לאכול בכל יום, אע"פ שאכלו ממנו פעמים רבות והיה למקצתם מקנה ואכלו ממנו הגדולים, כמנהג המחנות ומקומות היוקר

However, Rashi is of the opinion that they had more than enough meat, they were just looking for a pretext. As for your second question i will leave it for someone else to answer.

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The Israelite's were definitely able to eat their animals (if the blood was sprinkled on the altar the meat was theirs. see chulin 16b). According to the Ramban (11:4) they didn't have enough livestock to provide meat for everyone every day, so only the leaders got a portion while the rest starved, that is why they complained.

כי לא היה לכל העם בשר לאכול בכל יום, אע"פ שאכלו ממנו פעמים רבות והיה למקצתם מקנה ואכלו ממנו הגדולים, כמנהג המחנות ומקומות היוקר

However, Rashi is of the opinion that they had more than enough meat, they were just looking for a pretext. As for your second question i will leave it for someone else to answer.