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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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Purim and veganism, by Richard Schwartz

The joyous festival of Purim shares many connections with veganism. According to the Talmud (Megilla 13a), Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim story, was a vegetarian while she lived in the palace of King Achashverosh. She was thus able to avoid violating the kosher dietary laws while keeping her Jewish identity secret. During Purim […]

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A return to Eden: Jewish clergy from across the world and the denominational spectrum reflect on their veganism

Photo: Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen Article by: Kohenet Yael Tischler Many people speak of transformative experiences in spiritual settings, but when Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen was at last December’s Hamakom silent retreat, she recounted the following revelation: We had just had a session on mindful eating from Rabbi Sheila Weinberg. I sat down at lunch and was […]

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The whole world has a song… The universe according to Perek Shira

By: Kohenet Yael Tischler   Have you ever been plagued by the question, “What does the fox say?” Perek Shira, an ancient Jewish text, has the answer. In fact, it has the answer about many different creatures, as well as plants and other wonders of nature. Perek Shira imagines that every element of our ecosystem […]

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El pan de siete cielos – the bread of the seven heavens: Reclaiming a Salonikan Shavuot tradition the vegan way!

There’s a famous Talmudic saying: אֵין קֶמַח, אֵין תּוֹרָה Ein kemach, ein torah If there’s no flour, there’s no Torah. – Pirkei Avot 3:17 In other words, how can we even begin feeding our minds, if we haven’t yet fed our bodies? I’ve known this saying for a while, but what I didn’t learn until […]

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