The Planet-Saving Mitzvah: Why Jews Should Consider Vegetarianism

By Daniel Brook

Tikkun, August 2009

The author argues that one of the ways to follow rich Jewish tradition while putting Judaism's highest ideals into daily practice is to choose vegetarianism. The author then offers thirteen categorical imperatives suggesting why Jews should seriously consider vegetarianism: righteousness and charity; Tikkun Olam; conservation of resources; health and safety; compassion; atonement; knowledge and spirituality; divinity; peace and justice; hunger; keeping Kosher; fighting fascism; and concern for the community. The author concludes by arguing that a shift toward vegetarianism can also be a major factor in the rededication, revitalization, and renewal of Judaism, as it would further demonstrate that Jewish values are not only relevant but essential to everyday personal life, communal development, and global survival.

Topic: Environment, Values, Global Responsibility

Name of Publication: Tikkun Magazine

Editor: Lerner, Michael

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Coverage: World

Language: English

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