The Schwartz Collection on Judaism, Vegetarianism, Veganism, and Animal Rights

by Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Mathematics
College of Staten Island
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Shalom!

Welcome to my updated, redesigned website. I hope you find it informative, meaningful, and inspiring.

The purpose of my website is to provide the information and inspiration to help shift our very imperiled planet onto a sustainable path, helping to leave a habitable, healthy world for future generations.

Key points that I am using to try to increase awareness include:

  1. There is a very strong scientific consensus that the world is rapidly approaching a climate catastrophe. It is reinforced by the increased frequency and severity of heat waves, droughts, wildfires, storms, floods, and other climate events.
  2. The main cause of climate change is animal-based agriculture, because cows emit methane, a very potent greenhouse gas, and forests are being cut down to create land for grazing and growing feed crops for animals, adding to the 43 percent of the world’s ice-free land already being used for these purposes.
  3. Largely due to the huge loss of carbon-sequestering trees, atmospheric CO2, which was 285 parts per million (ppm) at the start of the industrial revolution, has increased to about 420 ppm, far above the 350 ppm that climate experts believe is a threshold value for climate sustainability, and it has been increasing by at least two ppm per year in recent years. There is no way a climate catastrophe can be prevented without a societal shift toward vegan diets, enabling reforestation of the vast areas now being used for animal-based agriculture.
  4. Animal-based diets and agriculture seriously violate fundamental Jewish teachings on preserving our health, treating animals with compassion, protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, reducing hunger, and pursuing peace. These and other considerations, including the many scandals that have taken place in the kashrut (kosher ) inspection system, make the consumption of meat and other animal products halachically unjustifiable today. After over 40 years of my spreading this message, no rabbi has effectively refuted it. Most have not responded to it.
  5. It is much easier to be a vegetarian or vegan today because of the increasing abundance of plant-based substitutes with the appearance, texture, and taste so close to those of meat and other animal products that they often can not tell them apart. However, these are highly processed, unhealthy foods, so they should not play a major role in one’s diet and should be viewed as a transition food toward healthier eating.

Below are over 300 articles and other items that reinforce the points above, considering all aspects of vegetarianism and veganism and how they impinge on the world.

I hope this website will be the most comprehensive collection of materials on Jewish teachings on vegetarianism and veganism and related issues, and that it will be helpful to people seeking information and doing research in this field.

I very much welcome people using my writings to promote veganism. Please feel free to build on my articles and other material.

Please email me at VeggieRich@Gmail.com if you have questions or suggestions or would like to work with me in promoting veganism.

ALL the best,

Richard

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FACT SHEETS ON JEWISH TEACHINGS AND REALITIES RELATED TO:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

JUDAISM AND VEGETARIANISM

JUDAISM, VEGETARIANISM, AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

VEGANISM AND CLIMATE CHANGE

JUDAISM AND ANIMAL ISSUES

JEWISH FESTIVALS VEGETARIANISM AND VEGANISM

RENEWING NEW YEAR FOR ANIMALS

KASHRUT AND SHECHITA CONSIDERATIONS

DIVREI TORAH

JEWISH CONSIDERATIONS

JUDAISM AND GLOBAL ISSUES

GENERAL VEGETARIANISM

VEGETARIAN INFORMATION

VEGAN ACTIVISM

MATHEMATICS AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

HEALTH AND NUTRITION ISSUES

POLITICS

MY BOOKS

A SACRED DUTY VIDEO

BOOK REVIEWS

ABOUT RICHARD SCHWARTZ

INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED BY RICHARD SCHWARTZ


 

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