A vegetarian diet is not only consistent with Judaism but, argues Schwartz (emeritus, Coll. of Staten Island; Judaism and Global Survival), the diet best fitted to basic Jewish values. In this third edition of his 1982 and 1988 book (which includes updated scientific and medical references and a list of web sites), the author shows how Jewish beliefs in showing compassion toward animals, protecting human health, preserving the environment, conserving resources, sharing with hungry people, and pursuing peace are best served by vegetarianism. Throughout, the text is calm, fully documented, and very convincing. Schwartz includes biographies of famous Jewish vegetarians (among them, writers S.Y. Agnon and Isaac Bashevis Singer), "action-centered" ideas on how to promote vegetarianism, and typical questions and answers on Jewish and general issues regarding vegetarianism. A well-done treatise on a subject of increasing interest; highly recommended. Marcia Welsh, formerly with Guilford Free Lib., CT
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Gives us much to ponder and even more to do. -- Rabbi Amy R. Scheinerman, Beth Shalom Congregation, Taylorsville, Maryland
Schwartz demonstrates the profound imperatives at the heart of the Jewish faith that lead inexorably in a vegetarian direction. -- John Robbins, author, Diet for a New America
I think this book is very insightful, and worth the read. The book is written very tastefully and is very educational. It is such a good read I haven't been able to put it down!Published on June 28, 2013 by Monica R Casalean
Author Richard A. Schwartz also wrote Who Stole My Religion? : Revitalizing Judaism And Applying Jewish Values To Help Heal Our Imperiled Planet, Judaism and Global Survival, and... Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Steven H Propp
This book changed my life - in a VERY positive way. Schwartz lines out many, many reasons why a plant based diet is the way to live. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by V. K.
"Judaism and Vegetarianism" might be a dry title, but this book is the foundational work on the subject. Read morePublished on October 30, 2012 by Jeffrey Cohan
As a longstanding and rather hefty vegetarian, I also firmly felt that my aversion to killing animals, birds and fish for food was rooted in reverence for God's creatures. Read morePublished on June 15, 2006 by Brien Comerford
I wrote a review on this book for the newsletter for the winter 2001 newsletter for the animal rights group, Last Chance for Animals. Read morePublished on January 9, 2002 by "sjbecker14"
Schwartz's treatment of vegetarianism and Judaism is remarkabley thorough. He approaches the topic from the multifaceted avenues of Jewish thinking: Torah, halakhah, values... Read morePublished on July 26, 2001 by Amazon Customer
This book is excellent. It is beautifully written, exceptionally complete, and very fair-minded in its tone. The arguments are compelling and clear. Read morePublished on June 20, 2001 by DarseyDVD
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