My wife, Shoshana, and I became vegans on our wedding day. We believed, and still believe today, that a bayit neeman b’Yisrael (a faithful Jewish house) should embrace shared intentional core values. We made decisions about how we’ll keep strictly kosher, about how we’ll invite guests into our home, how we’ll take care of our health, what we’ll feed our children and what ethical sacrifices we’ll need to make to actualize the fundamental Jewish values and our personal values as well.
One choice was to embrace strict veganism (no meat, chicken, fish, dairy, eggs or honey). At first, that sounded incredibly daunting. But, in only a matter of days, we had become accustomed to making very different choices about what we eat at home and how we eat out.