Go ve­gan, say rab­bis

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY SI­MON ROCKER

MORE THAN 70 rab­bis from across the world, in­clud­ing sev­eral from Bri­tain, have signed a dec­la­ra­tion urg­ing Jews to switch to a ve­gan diet.

Ma­sorti Rab­bis Jonathan Wit­ten­berg and Jeremy Gor­don, the prin­ci­pal of the Leo Baeck Col­lege, Rabbi Deb­o­rah Kahn-Har­ris and Rabbi Natan Levy, the Board of Deputies for­mer in­ter­faith of­fi­cer, who is Ortho­dox, are among UK sup­port­ers of the state­ment is­sued by the Jewish Vege­tar­ian So­ci­ety in Bri­tain and the Amer­i­can JewishVeg.

The rab­bis call on 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.”

Sev­eral ap­pear in a video on the JVS web­site.

Rabbi David Rosen, the for­mer Chief Rabbi of Ire­land and one of the lead­ing Jewish in­ter­faith ac­tivists, ad­vo­cates ve­g­an­ism as “the new kashrut, kashrut for the 21st cen­tury. 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 law of what kashrut is all about, you should eat a plant-based diet.”

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