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Books by Professor Richard Schwartz

Read Richard Schwart’z book, ‘Jewish Vegetarianism’ for free online by clicking here. Read his book ‘Judaism and Global Survival’ by clicking here.      

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Addressing the dilemma of being a tefillin-wearing Vegan

‘Being a Jewish vegan is generally fairly easy to do: keeping kosher is simpler, one’s relationship to animals and the planet is richer, and the cost of feeding a family can be lower as well. My wife, Shoshana, and I became vegan on our wedding day, over a decade ago, and it’s been one of […]

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Help for haimishe vegans – it’s all kosher

Hints and hacks for Friday night and everyday dining from the Jewish Chronicle’s Victoria Prever in this, the second splash of the month on Jewish veganism. Looking for more information? See our recipe section and our special section on Jewish veganism. Learn how to make vegan challah. Why not try this recipe for chopped living?

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A kinder kosher – Jewish Chronicle feature on kosher veganism

In a double-page spread on veganism, the Jewish Chronicle this week explores what it takes to be kosher and vegan: ‘Are you contemplating life without lokshen soup or an egg-less Pesach? Veganism is growing in popularity, so you’re in good company. Veganuary — the charity that promotes a plant-based lifestyle at the start of each […]

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Watch A Sacred Duty online for free

A major documentary on current environmental threats and how Jewish teachings can be applied in responding to these threats, A Sacred Duty is now available to watch for free here. Produced by Emmy-Award-winning producer, director, writer, and cinematographer Lionel Friedberg, A Sacred Duty will take its place alongside Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and Leonardo […]

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An often overlooked mitzvah: Tsa’ar ba’alei chaim – by Richard Shwartz

While tsa’ar ba’alei chaim (the mandate not to cause “sorrow to living creatures”) is a Torah prohibition, many religious Jews seem to not be applying it in their lifestyles. Some examples reinforce this assertion: ·      Upon reading an article about my efforts to get Jewish teachings on animals onto the Jewish agenda, a member of […]

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Ten reasons for restoring and transforming the ancient New Year for Animals – by Dr. Richard Schwartz

I am working with several Jewish organizations and individuals to restore the ancient and largely forgotten Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana L’Ma’aser BeHeima (New Year’s Day for Tithing Animals) and to transform it into a day devoted to considering how to improve our relationships with animals. The holiday occurs on the first day of the […]

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Restoring and transforming an ancient Jewish holiday related to animals by Richard Shwartz

The current widespread mistreatment of animals on factory farms is very inconsistent with Judaism’s beautiful teachings about compassion to animals. One way for Jews to respond to these inconsistencies is to restore and transform the ancient, and largely forgotten, Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana L’Ma’aser B’heima (New Year’s Day for Tithing Animals) into a day […]

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Book Review – Vegan Revolution: Saving Our World, Revitalizing Judaism

2020 has been a unique year of challenges: coronavirus, climate change, human and animal suffering on a global scale, social justice issues…  And yet, amidst all these difficulties, one voice stands out with a solution which, if adopted, could be a roadmap to better solutions. Solutions that are both ancient and wise. Where the twin […]

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Veganise your seder plate

‘Pesach actually turned me vegan’, writes Kohenet Yael Tischler… Four years ago I decided to be vegan for the duration of Pesach. My thought process was this: Pesach is about liberation/oppression. We embody that through our food choices (no leavened bread for a whole eight days!). So, it made sense to be vegan for the […]

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