Vegan Revolution: Saving Our World, Revitalizing Judaism

Vegan Revolution: Saving Our World, Revitalizing Judaism

by Richard H. Schwartz PhD


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For over four decades, Richard Schwartz has engaged with two ethically rich ways of living that, as he charts in this book, he came to appreciate in middle age: Judaism and veganism. Having been born into a secular Jewish family, it was his marriage and an increasing commitment to social justice that propelled him to study and rediscover the essence of his Jewish faith. That sense of social justice further raised his awareness of the environmental movement, and, ultimately, led to animal rights and veganism. In Vegan Revolution: Saving Our World, Revitalizing Judaism, Schwartz shows how, now perhaps more than ever, veganism offers a pathway for all of us of whatever faith (or no faith) to reduce hunger, conserve the environment, save water, reinstitute justice, and care for animals and the Earth. It is no coincidence, as Schwartz demonstrates, that many of these ideas are mandates in Jewish scripture, and that reincorporating a care for the world (tikkun olam) can itself reinvigorate the spirit of a faith and galvanize its practitioners to act.

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ISBN-13: 9781590566275
Publisher: Lantern Publishing & Media
Publication date: 09/29/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 365,963
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Richard H. Schwartz, PhD is the author of Judaism and Vegetarianism and Judaism and Global Survival among many other books and articles. President Emeritus of Jewish Veg and president of the Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians, he is professor emeritus at the College of Staten Island, New York. A father, grandfather, and now great-grandfather, he has since 2016 lived with his wife in Israel.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Foreword xv

Introduction xix

1 Why Jews Should Be Vegans 1

2 The Vegan Revolution 11

3 Health 19

4 The Treatment of Animals 33

5 The Climate Catastrophe 45

6 The Environment 59

7 Hunger 75

8 Peace 83

9 The Fishes of the Sea 91

10 Veganism and Animal Rights 99

11 The Future for Cultivated Animal Products 117

12 Living as a Vegan and a Jew 127

Acknowledgments 135


A Voices of Veg*nism 137

B Dialogue between a Jewish Vegan Activist and a Rabbi 153

C The Jewish Vegan Year 163

D A Vegan View of the Biblical Animal Sacrifices 197

E Tefillin and Other Animal-Based Ritual Items 203

Resources 207

Bibliography 209

Index 215

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