Can we learn any lesson from the wild beasts that devour their prey? Do the sages have anything to say about wild animals?

  • Seeming duplicate of judaism.stackexchange.com/q/45830
    – msh210
    Feb 1, 2015 at 3:16
  • Msh210 a mosquito is not a wild animal it is simply annoying. Lions and tigers are violent creatures which is very unjewish.
    – Ani Yodea
    Feb 1, 2015 at 12:19
  • Viciousness is a uniquely human characteristic, in my experience. Some animals can be cruel - cats come to mind - but being vicious is very human.
    – Wad Cheber
    Aug 27, 2015 at 6:12
  • @AniYodea Why is violence very unjewish?
    – Double AA
    Aug 27, 2015 at 16:42
  • @DoubleAA, I couldn't find a better adjective at the time. :)
    – Ani Yodea
    Aug 27, 2015 at 17:06

2 Answers 2


just a thought, perhaps it is for the purpose of man's free will.

by observing the cruelty of animals, man can think that just like they can be cruel, lawless, etc. and get away with it, so can I.


This is, like ray's answer, just a proposal, but perhaps the reason that such animals exist isn't so that we can learn a moral lesson from them. I propose that they exist in order to maintain the delicate balance of life that allows us to survive. Without those animals, the world's ecosystems would look dramatically different and we would not be able to survive in the form that we are supposed to exist in.

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