Richard Schwartz writes about applying Torah values to our diets. The president emeritus of Jewish Veg argues that this holiday is the perfect time to cut out meat.
Because Shavuot is z’man matan Torateinu (the commemoration of the giving of the Torah), many religious Jews stay up the entire first night of the holiday to discuss Torah teachings.
Preserve human health, treat animals with compassion, protect the environment, conserve natural resources, help hungry people and pursue peace. By becoming vegetarians, preferably vegans, Jews would partake in the diet most consistent with those teachings.