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Questions Every Vegetarian Is Tired of Answering

Questions Every Vegetarian Is Tired of Answering

I’ve discovered long ago the vegetarians and kosher folks run up against very similar questions in certain situations, which makes you wonder why there aren’t more kosher folks who are vegetarian and vegetarians who keep kosher (even though, technically, vegetarians are keeping kosher, but you know what I mean).

This has been my clever observation for the week. Have a happy Chodesh.


About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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8 Responses to “Questions Every Vegetarian Is Tired of Answering”

  1. Steve Amishuga Horowitz says:

    I have tried to delete this companies posts with no luck…..if killing animals are cruel then that is their main business.

    Good Taste comes from your brain

    Eat vegetables not animals….they love living also….the concentration camp cruelty these animals go through……be shamed if you eat meat…..don't have a graveyard in your stomach….. We only get one chance at living and so do they. Post things that show compassion for other living things. When you look into the eye of any animal you will see God's Reflection To take a life gives no one honor…….kwi chang kane ….
    May the Great God send death to those that deal death

  2. Alan Kardon says:

    Are you sure vegetables and fruits do not feel pain? Some even are forced to grow in crowded conditions and are treated with chemicals. But in your wisdom the "GREAT GOD" will see that you live forever.

  3. Alan Kardon , you raise a good point, so I discussed it with my pet cabbage. Please forgive me, but she responded that anyone who could not tell the difference between picking an apple of taking a potato from the ground "should have their head examined."

  4. Vegetarians, especially those who have recently changed their diets, are often on the defensive. They must deal with many questions, such as the ones in the video. Those who eat meat have the support of society, and thus they seldom consider the consequences of their diet. It is
    vegetarians who are asked to explain the reasons for their diet, rather than those who support the cruel treatment and unnecessary slaughter of animals that an animal-centered diet requires.
    Perhaps there are times when vegetarians should take the offensive in conversations with meat-eaters. Answers when questioned, and queries vegetarians put to their interrogators, can help show the benefits of
    vegetarianism and the connections with Jewish values.
    Here are some questions that can help vegetarians politely and respectfully “turn the tables” on non-vegetarians:
    _ Do you know how much cruelty is involved in raising animals for food today?
    _ Are you aware of the links between meat-eating and heart disease, cancer, and other degenerative diseases?
    _ Could you visit a slaughterhouse or kill an animal yourself?
    _ Do you know that while millions die annually of starvation, most grain grown in the United States and in most affluent countries is fed to animals destined for slaughter?
    _ Are you aware of the consequences of animal-centered diets with regard to pollution, destruction of tropical rain forests and other habitats, use of land, water, and other resources, and global climate change?
    _ Since Jews are only permitted to kill animals to meet an essential human need, and it is not necessary to consume animal products in order to maintain good health (the contrary is the case), can we justify the slaughtering of animals for food?
    Can we justify the killing of over 250 million male chicks immediately after birth at egg-laying hatcheries because
    they cannot produce eggs and have not been genetically programmed to have enough flesh to make it profitable to raise them for slaughter?
    Can we justify artificially impregnating cows every year so that we can continue to drink milk intended for their calves? Can we justify the many other horrors of factory farming?
    _ Do you know that vegetarianism is the diet most consistent with fundamental Jewish values related to health, compassion, stewardship, justice, and conservation?

    When confronted with questions from people who are unthinkingly supporting current practices, it may be useful and effective to keep the focus on these wider concerns.

  5. Vasu Murti says:

    As I told Dr. Richard Schwartz (author, Judaism and Vegetarianism) via email at the end of 1997, I'd like to see the rabbis endorse vegetarianism and the animal rights movement. Rose Evans, a pro-life Episcopalian and editor/publisher of Harmony: Voices for a Just Future, a "consistent-ethic" periodical on the religious left, says there are more Christian vegetarians than Jewish vegetarians.

  6. Anyone who thinks it is wrong to kill animals for food should never have dogs or cats as pets because they are carnivores. A lot of horses end up as dog food. And that is often necessary because when a horse is going to die, you are left with a huge body to dispose of. Thus they are sent to a slaughter house which can use that body for pet food.

  7. it's nice to see your article

  8. The modern meat and poultry industries are dens of extreme cruelty that treat living creatures as cogs in a vicious machine. Check it out my friends.Do some research. It will shock you.

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