Articles by Professor Richard Schwartz

The following articles are provided by kind permission of Richard Schwartz, President of Jewish Veg.

Judaism & Vegetarianism

Why Jews Should Oppose Ag-Gag Laws

A Dialogue Between a Jewish Vegetarian Activist and a Rabbi

What Diet Does G-d Prefer for People?

Eighteen Reasons Jews Think They Should Not Be Vegetarians (and Why They Are Wrong)

Vegetarian Teachings of Rav Kook (Revised/Expanded Version)

Vegetarianism: Essential for Jewish Renewal?

Rabbinic Teachings on Vegetarianism

Is Eating Meat a Mitzvah that Comes from an Aveirah (Sin)?

Environmental and Vegetarian Lessons From the Shabbat Morning Service

Are Jews Obligated to Be Vegetarians?

Vegetarianism: A Spiritual Imperative?

A Vegetarian View of the Torah

Frequently Asked Questions About Vegetarianism and Nutrition

Is An Animal-Based Diet a Chillul Hashem?

Should Jews Be Vegetarians?

Veganism and the Jewish Dietary Laws

Judaism’s Ideal Diet

Kedushah and Vegetarianism

Reader’s Guide to Judaism: Vegetarianism

Vegetarian Teachings of Rav Kook

Is the Sixth Commandment “Thou Shalt Not Kill” or “Thou Shalt Not Murder”?

Thou Shalt Not Eat Meat

Why Isn’t Vegetarianism on the Jewish Agenda?

Veganism: A Jewish Imperative?

Judaism, Vegetarianism and Environmental Issues

Environmental Issues in Israel

Global Warming: It’s Time for Action

Diet for an Imperiled Planet

Judaism, Vegetarianism, and Ecology

Abolishing Intensive Livestock Agriculture: A Global Imperative

Tu B’Shvat: Judaism and the Environment

Saving Our Planet: Common Ground for a Divided Nation

Greening Our Homes and Institutions Through Vegetarianism

Turning Earth Day 2006 Into an Environmental Shabbat

Israel’s Most Serious Threat?

Global Warming Isn’t Kosher

Veganism’s Essential Role In Preventing an Unprecedented Global Catastrophe

Judaism and Animal Issues

Should Jews be Animal Rights Advocates?

Judaism and Animal Rights

The Custom Of Kapparot In The Jewish Tradition

Why Perform a Rite that Kills Chickens as a Way to Seek God’s Compassion?

Vegetarianism – It’s Pro Life

Toward a Winning Animal Rights Strategy

Report on Animal Rights ’97 Conference

Is Fur a Jewish Issue?

Religion: Friend or Foe of Animal Activism?

How do these arguments apply to fish?

After Postville: Should Jews Still Eat Meat?

Reader’s Guide to Judaism: Treatment of Animal

Troubled Waters: The Case Against Eating Fish

Do Torah Teachings Justify Animal Exploitation?

Jewish Festivals and Vegetarianism

Rosh Hashanah and Vegetarianism

Should Jews Become Vegetarans at Rosh Hashanah?

Rosh Hashanah Message: Is God’s “Very Good” World Approaching an Unprecedented Catastrophe?

Yom Kippur and Vegetarianism

Why Perform a Rite that Kills Chickens as a Way to Seek God’s Compassion?

Sukkot, Simchat Torah, and Vegetarianism

Chanukah and Vegetarianism

Another Miracle of Chanukah

Tu B’Shvat and Vegetarianism

Why is This Night Different? Thoughts on Tu B’Shvat

Purim and Vegetarianism

Passover and Vegetarianism

Passover and Earth Day

Inconsistencies in Passover Eating

Lag B’Omer and Vegetarianism

Shavuot and Vegetarianism

Tisha B’Av and Vegetarianism

Relating Tisha B’Av to Today’s Environmental Crises

Shabbat and Vegetarianism

Vegetarianism and Jewish Holidays

Birkat HaChamah: A Time to Increase Efforts to Start Healing the Planet

Divrei Torah

Ki Taytze (Deuteronomy 22:6-7): Can Compassion to a Bird Help Bring Moshiach?

Can Compassion to a Bird Help Bring Moshiach? Version 2

Ayekah? Where art thou?

Parshat Tzav: How Meat Consumption Today Differs From The Time of the Mishkan (Sanctuary) in the Wilderness

Jewish Considerations

Religion’s Message for Today

Jewish Values vs. the World’s Values

Choose Life

Short Range Goals versus Long Range Goals in Judaism

Some Questions

To Be a Jew

Human Rights and Obligations

My Vision for Judaism

What a Wonderful Path Judaism Is!

Is Judaism a Radical Religion?

Judaism and Global Issues

CLIMATE CHANGE: Global catastrophe or sustainable future? It will largely depend on our food choices! Cover article, Vegetarian Voice, Late Summer, Early Fall issue

Are You Taking Global Warming Personally?

Global Catastrophe or Sustainable Future?

Environmental Catastrophes or a Sustainable Future – It Depends on our Food Choices

Jewish Responses To Hunger

Judaism, Hunger, and Vegetarianism

Judaism, Vegetarianism, and Peace (1)

Judaism, Vegetarianism, and Peace (2)

Judaism’s Mission Today

Judaism and the Population Crisis

Action Ideas For Global Survival

An Alternative U.S. Foreign Policy

Economic Democracy – Which Economic System Is Most Consistent With Judaism?

Response to Rabbi Avi Shafran’s Article, “The People Problem”

General Vegetarianism

Ten Ways to Help Create a Vegetarian World

Imagining a Vegan World

Troubled Waters: The Case Against Fish

A Diet for a New Millenium

Can Vegetarianism Help Reduce Terrorism?

Should the Mistreatment of Animals Be Compared to the Holocaust?

Why the Future World Will be Vegetarian

Vegetarian Information

A Brief Recent History of U.S. Vegetarianism

Bibliography of Vegetarian Material

Sources on Judaism and Vegetarianism

Biographies of Famous Vegetarians

Quotations Related to Vegetarianism

Jewish Vegetarian Quotations

History of JVNA

Vegetarian Activism

Jewish Vegetarian Projects

Major Campaign to Change Jews’ Diets

Should You Be a Vegetarian?

“I-Thou” and Vegetarianism

The Need for Jewish Involvement

Jewish Vegetarian Outreach

Working for a Vegetarian-Conscious Israel

Promoting Vegetarianism

Resolution on Judaism and Dietary Concerns

The Great American Meatout

Key Points in Promoting Judaism and Vegetarianism

Sample Letters to the Editor

Materials for a Talk on Judaism and Vegetarianism

How Vegetarianism Can Help Prevent an Unprecedented Planetary Catastrophe

Ten Ways to Create a Vegetarian World So That Humanity Will Avoid an Unprecedented Catastrophe

Strategy Ideas for Promoting Vegetarianism

A Call for Jewish Groups to Observe Parshat Noach, October 23-24, as “Global Climate Healing Shabbat”

How YOU Can Help Shift the Planet to a Sustainable Path

Animal-Based Diets: Madness and Sheer Insanity

Strategy Ideas, July, 2009

My Open Letter to President Obama

Responding to PETA

How Should Jews Respond to PETA’s Activities?

Not Because of PETA, But Because of the Torah, We Must Be Involved

Israel Activism

Environmental Issues in Israel

The Struggle to Stop Construction of the Trans-Israel Highway

Personal Considerations

Mixed Marriages: When Only One of You is a Vegetarian

Vegetarianism and Investing

Connecting the Dots on Dietary Choices

Mathematics and Environmental Issues

Revitalizing Liberal Arts Mathematics Courses Using Environmental Issues

Relating Developmental Mathematics to Global Issues

Health and Nutrition Issues

Position Paper: Judaism, Health, and Animal Rights

Frequently Asked Questions About Vegetarianism and Nutrition

Health Studies that Could Shake the World

Protein and Calcium Myths

What is our “Natural” Diet?

The Four Food Groups, Old And New

Prevention: Torah Perspectives on Preserving Health

Chapters from “Judaism and Global Survival,” by Richard Schwartz (Lantern Books, 2002)

Involvement and Protest

Human Rights and Obligations

Social Justice


Environmental Issues in Israel



International Issues and Globalization


Global Climate Change

Population Growth

Vegetarianism — A Global Imperative?


“Judaism and Vegetarianism,” by Richard Schwartz (Lantern Books, 2001)

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Book Reviews

Man and Beast

Hitler: Neither Vegetarian Nor Animal Lover

Vision of Eden: Vegetarianism in Jewish Law and Mysticism

Good News For All Creation

Welfare Ranching: The Subsidized Destruction of the American West

Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust

Interview with the author of Eternal Treblinka

Vegan Stories

Trees, Earth, and Torah – A Tu B’Shvat Anthology

God’s Last Offer – Negotiating for a Sustainable Future

Ethics into Action: Henry Spira and the Animal Rights Movement

Compassion for Humanity in the Jewish Tradition

Deadly Feasts: Tracking the Secrets of a Terrifying New Plague

The Universal Jew: Letters To a Progressive Father From His Orthodox Son

Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry

A Boy, a Chicken, and the Lion of Judea: How Ari Became a Vegetarian

Rabbis and Vegetarianism: An Evolving Tradition

Replenish the Earth: A History of Organized Religion`s Treatment of Animals and Nature

Masterplan – Judaism: Its Program, Meaning, Goals

About Richard Schwartz

Introductory Interview

A Chat with Richard Schwartz

Why I am a Vegetarian

Dutch Vegan Society Interview with Richard Schwartz

24 Carrot Award

My Vegetarian History, Activism, and Philosophy

IVU Presents: Interview with President, Jewish Vegetarians of North America

Article on Richard Schwartz’s Mathematical Environmental Writings

Connecting the Dots on Dietary Choices

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