What’s the reasoning behind the need to use animals per se as opposed to any other paperlike material for klaf (to write on)? Is there significance in the need to take the life of an animal for the mitzvot of mezuza/tefillin/sefer torah/etc?

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  • Those years this was the best choice with respect to cost and durability? – Kazi bácsi Feb 1 '18 at 7:37
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    heebnvegan.blogspot.co.il/2009/12/… seems to indicate that is is a basic tradition (given to Moses at Sinai) – Epicentre Feb 1 '18 at 10:01
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    You don't have to take a life. It could have died on it's own. – Heshy Feb 1 '18 at 10:56
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    The animal could have been slaughtered for meat or (way back when) sacrifice, no? Who would eat the skin? There's always been a sizable leather industry that probably made use of the skins, also. – Gary Feb 1 '18 at 14:24

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