Judaism and Vegetarianism
New Revised Edition, 2001
by Richard H. Schwartz,
Quotes About the Book:
"It is to be hoped that this major
publication will not only adorn the bookshelf of many a Jewish home, but will
also become a guide to an ever-increasing movement of Jews toward vegetarianism,
born out of sincere religious conviction rooted in our most sublime teachings."
David Rosen, former Chief Rabbi of Ireland
"My own view is that a vegetarian diet may in fact hasten the coming of Moshiach
(the Messiah). The more we live as if this were the messianic age the closer we
are to it. Richard Schwartz's Judaism and Vegetarianism is a powerful
guide to moving self and society closer to Moshiach."
Rami Shapiro, author of The Way of Solomon, and founder and director of The Virtual
Yeshiva and Simply Jewish.
"Richard Schwartz is changing
the world and I am proud to be his friend. You do not have to be a Jew to read
and enjoy Judaism and Vegetarianism. Richard has brilliantly written
a most fascinating book, no matter what your religion. I found it to be one of
the best books I've ever read."
Howard F. Lyman, President,
EarthSave International; Author Mad Cowboy.
"Why, I have
wondered, are so many Jews today shifting toward a more vegetarian diet? In his
scholarly and thoughtful style, Richard Schwartz demonstrates the profound imperatives
at the heart of the Jewish faith that lead inexorably in a vegetarian direction.
He shows us that to be mensch today, to be a whole and healthy and fully human
being, you have to bring your food choices into alignment with your ethics, and
that means, for anyone who aspires towards peace and compassion, eating a plant-based
John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America and
How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World.
God, and Professor Richard Schwartz, for a very accurate, very readable, very
stirring book! The author's intellectual integrity, moral passion, and simple
human warmth help illustrate a hitherto almost unexplored, yet vastly important
territory. His Jewish commitments are as profound as his ethical concerns are
universal. The work is a challenge to mind and soul, a call to the conscience
and a guide for practical, necessary action. There must be much acclaim for this
brave, pioneering, shiningly humane achievement
Ungar, Rabbi of Temple Emanuel, Westwood, New Jersey, former chairman of the Hebraic
Studies Department, Rutgers University
"Jews like me who
have (so far) not become full vegetarians will still (like me) find Schwartz's
analysis of the problems of meat-eating to be serious food not only for thought
but for action to eat far less meat. And those who are drawn to explore the deeper
meanings of Torah will find Schwartz a good and careful guide in this aspect of
Jewish tradition. For us who are all the People of the Mouth -- whether it is
food in, or words out -- this is an important book."
Arthur Waskow, Author of Down-To-Earth Judaism: Food, Money, Sex, and the Rest
of Life, Godwrestling--Round 2, and several other books.
Excerpts from published reviews of earlier editions:
no further, Richard H. Schwartz has covered all the conceivable aspects of non-meat
eating and the Jewish religion in Judaism and Vegetarianism."
Marc Leepson, The Vegetarian Voice
his most original contribution by showing that for each of the standard arguments
in favor of vegetarianism, there is a specifically Jewish approach which underpins
the vegetarian position.
The Vegetarian Activist
"A brilliant book of outstanding merit... A classic that should find its way into
every Jewish bookcase and certainly of interest to all others who love to widen
their knowledge of the ancient and compassionate philosophies."
Victor Ruben, Jewish Vegetarian
"This is a convincing,
compassionate and comprehensive argument... marshals overpowering evidence...
amply documented... (we) will be compelled to think most seriously about the issues
raised in this provocative book."
Harry Essrig, The American
"Professor Schwartz has presented us with impressive
material supporting his thesis that a practical, healthy, and Torah way of eating
is through vegetarianism."
"Dr. Schwartz's work should find a place in the home library of every thinking
individual, religious or not. It should become required reading for high schools,
and certainly in pre-marriage counseling, ..."
for Better Health", Shirley Mandel, The Jewish Press
any standard of measurement, this is an extraordinary book; it covers a field
never before explained. When you get through its pages, you might shake your head
in bewilderment and say this is all so true why hasn't it been said before."
Health Page, American Jewish Ledger, Simon Bloom,
"It would be hard for anyone ethically sensitive - Jew or non-Jew - to read this
book and not take up the vegetarian cause.
Fellowship (Fellowship of Reconciliation)
"A titan in its
glorification of the Jewish faith and spirit."
Kramer, Staten Island Advance,