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Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:00 am

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. 

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2 comments:

  • chaimuws posted at 11:31 pm on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    chaimuws Posts: 2

    Please read other sources too. This is a leftest insipid mess.

    Judaism and Eating Meat: Letter to a Vegan Animal Rights Activist:
    http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/judaism-and-eating-meat-letter-to-a-vegan-animal-rights-activist/2013/12/26/
    Let us back up a bit. There is nothing in Judaism that condemns the eating of meat. Indeed, not only is vegetarianism not endorsed in classical rabbinic sources as some kind of morally superior life style, it is actually prohibited in halacha, at least with regard to the Passover sacrifice.

    While the Torah goes to lengths in several places to list animals whose consumption is prohibited, this is clearly done for the purpose of identifying animals whose meat can be consumed. Festivals in particular involved the eating of meat, and there are rabbinic opinions holding that a holiday meal without meat is not a true feast (even on Shavuos).

    Indeed, the only case that comes to mind of vegetarianism in the Bible is in the Book of Daniel, and there it is clear that the practice was embraced reluctantly because no properly prepared kosher meat was available.

    While you go through all sorts of contortions to invent a case for Judaism prohibiting the eating of meat, a far more persuasive case may be made for Judaism prohibiting strict vegetarianism altogether, particularly vegan diets.

     
  • Jenny posted at 9:38 am on Fri, Apr 11, 2014.

    Jenny Posts: 1

    This was so beautifully written I just had to stop and comment. I have recently become vegan after being a vegetarian for many years. My decision is ethical and moral in nature. Thank you for providing an intelligent and logical writing that will help people embrace the holidays while keeping in line with respect for all living beings. I have to bookmark this and share with others.

     

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