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Rabbis Promoting a Vegan Diet

Story ID:11407
Written by:Suzana Margaret Megles (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:- - Britain
Year:2017
Person:Paul Shapiro
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Today Paul Shapiro of the US Humane Society told us via his weekly Friday
e-mail message that 70 Rabbis across the world have signed a declaration
urging Jews to switch to a vegan diet. How beautiful-that they have come
to the realization that there are many valid and good reasons to do so.

In their own words they urge their “fellow Jews to transition toward animal-
free plant-based diets. This approach to sustenance is an expression of our
shared Jewish values of compassion for animals, protection of the environment,
and concern for our physical and spiritual well-being.”

As a Catholic, I had hoped- as I am sure many others like myself, that Pope Francis
would have led the one billion Catholics in this same direction. But sadly no.
But barring that, I am happy that the Jewish Rabbis are now trying to lead their
followers in this compassionate lifestyle – which if embraced, will certainly
impact the lives of millions of farm animals and the environment- while also
nurturing the physical and spiritual well-being of those who adopt this
compassionate vegan diet.

UK supporters mentioned in this regard are Masorti Rabbis Jonathan
Wittenbert, Jeremy Gordon, the principal of the Leo Baeck College, Rabbi
Deborah Kahn-Harris and Orthodox Rabbi Natan Levy, the Board of Deputies
former interfaith officer.

Former Chief Rabbi David Rosen of Ireland is also now one the the leading
Jewish inter-faith activists advocating veganism as “the new kashrut (body of
religious laws concerning the sustainability of the fitness for use of ritual
objects, etc.) for the 21st century. In this regard- he also said “Any other form
of kashrut is problematic, highly problematic, so if you really want to be true
to both the letter of the law and the spirit of the law of what kashrut is all
about, you should eat a plant-based diet.”

I applaud all these rabbis for their conclusions re the need for their constituents
to adopt and follow a vegan lifestyle. I pray that the Jewish people will find
truth in their statements in this regard. I also believe that there are probably
already quite a few Jews who have come to these same conclusions on their
own and have already become vegan.

How wonderful if this new movement will be appreciated and embraced by all
those who are currently meat eaters. For this Catholic vegan, I also hope and
pray that one day soon- our leadership will also have a similar awakening.