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Rabbi Shammai Engelmayer says God never wanted animal sacrifices.
Two weeks ago, in discussing the “rehearsal” of the Passover sacrifice put on by a group calling itself the Temple Mount Institute, I quoted Maimonides as saying that God “could do without” sacrifices. I also noted a teaching attributed to “Rabbi Pinchas in the name of Rabbi Levi” that argued that the sacrificial cult was a stopgap measure meant to wean Israel away from pagan practices. (See Leviticus Rabba 22:7-8.) “In my opinion,” I wrote, s...
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This week's Torah portion is all about animal sacrifices. What's a Jewish vegetarian to think? This one found a lot of answers. 
As a vegetarian since the age of nine and an on-again, off-again vegan, I wrestled with this week's parsha, Vayikra, which offers detailed instructions for animal sacrifices.  How do I understand s...
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Did you know Israel's president Reuven Rivlin is a vegetarian? 
Now that Israelis have voted, meet President Reuven Rivlin. The man who will crown the country’s next prime minister is a lifelong Likudnik who advocates for Arab civil rights.
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As is Tzipi Livni, who might one day be prime minister.
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Connections between Purim and eating veg, from JVNA's own Richard Schwartz.
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Farewell to actor, director, poet, singer, photographer, and Jewish vegetarian Leonard Nimoy.
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Jewish veg actor and author Alicia Silverstone tells it like it is.
In 2009 she released “The Kind Diet”, a guide for adopting a plant-based diet. What if I said that by choosing nondairy ice cream instead, you’d be taking a huge step toward solving them all? What if I told you that, by eating a varied, plant-based diet, you will strengthen your immune system, beautify your skin, increase your energy, and reduce your risk (significantly) of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, allergies, as...
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The teachings of Baal Shem Tov, founder of Chassidic Judaism, have led many rabbis to vegetarianism.
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This rabbi tries to answer what it means to have responsibility for the world in a time of factory farming.
The world is for me in that I (and therefore you) have been chosen with a great responsibility. If I acknowledge that "the world was created for me" then I acknowledge that that is true for all others as well. My service is to affirm this t...
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This book was written by a member of JVNA's rabbinic council, a Breslov chasid, and other important rabbis are waxing poetic about it. Another sign of the growing attention to these important issues. 
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Let's revisit the link between Esther The Pig and the star of the Purim story.
The Jewish holiday of Purim is about to make its annual appearance, as it has for the last two millenia or so. But this year, it will assume special significance. For Jews who need a quick refreshe...
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Did you know Queen Esther was vegan? Happy Purim!
From saving water, to helping animals, to decreasing our carbon footprint, the single most effective change we can make is to eat a more plant-based diet. Just as Esther took action to save the Jews, so we can take action to save animals and our planet from extermination.
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What's the evidence that Esther was vegan and not vegetarian?
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