It is not a stretch of the imagination to say that the Western palate is accustomed to meat as one of the primary means of community interaction. Think about all of the celebrations, life-cycle events, and solemn occasions that have been garnished with chicken fingers, stuffed turkey, brisket sandwiches, or smoked salmon. You get the idea. The amount of animal products utilized to entice community engagement today has reached a historic peak. But it’s time to turn things around. In our contemporary religious ecosystem, where the need to be more healthy, environmentally friendly, and compassionate is paramount, and the concern for all should be elevated to the holiest ethical priority, the dichotomy between preaching kindness and tolerating cruelty is an ironic, paradoxical, and unfortunate reality.
Can houses of worship commit to going plant-based? – Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz