Jewish | Vegetarian | Nutrition | Recipes
A. Jewish Books, Short Stories,
and Articles Related to Vegetarian Issues
Shalom. "Pity for Living Creatures." In Some Laughter, Some Tears, New
York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1979. The great Jewish writer tells how a young boy
becomes aware of the concept of tsa'ar ba'alei chayim (prohibition against
harming living creatures) through various incidents in his life.
Louis. Vegetarianism and the Jewish Tradition. New York: K'tav, 1982. A
comprehensive review of connections between Judaism and vegetarianism.
Bleich, Rabbi J. David, "Vegetarianism and Judaism," Tradition, Vol. 23,
No. 1 (Summer, 1987).
Cohen, Rabbi Alfred, "Vegetarianism From a Jewish
Perspective," Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society, Vol. I, No.
II (Fall, 1981).
Cohen, Noah J., Tsa'ar Ba'alei Chayim - The Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals, Its Bases, Development, and Legislation in Hebrew Literature.
New York: Feldheim, 1979. An extremely comprehensive survey of the laws and lore
relating to animals and their treatment in the Jewish tradition. A defense of
shechitah (ritual slaughter).
David, Nathan S., ed. The Voice
of the Vegetarian (Yiddish). New York: Walden Press, 1952. A collection of
essays devoted to ethical vegetarian ideals.
Dresner, Rabbi Samuel H.
The Jewish Dietary Laws, Their Meaning for Our Time. New York: Burning
Bush Press, 1959. Fine discussion of the meaning of kashrut. States that the ideal
Jewish diet is vegetarian and permission to eat meat was a concession. Discussion
of compassion for animals in Jewish tradition and shechitah (ritual slaughter).
Fisher, Adam D. To Deal Thy Bread to the Hungry. New York: Union
of American Hebrew Congregations, 1975. Excellent review of the world hunger crisis
and the Jewish tradition related to food and hunger. Suggests some steps to reduce
malnutrition based on Jewish values.
Frankel, Aaron H. Thou Shalt Not
Kill or The Torah of Vegetarianism. New York: 1896.
Green, Joe. The
Jewish Vegetarian Tradition. South Africa: 1969. Fine discussion of many aspects
in the Jewish tradition, such as compassion for animals, that point toward vegetarianism
as a Jewish ideal.
Green, Joe. "Chalutzim of the Messiah-The Religious
Vegetarian Concept as Expounded by Rabbi Kook" (text of a lecture given in Johannesburg,
South Africa). Outline of some of Rabbi Kook's vegetarian teachings.
Arlene P. "The Greening of Kashrut - Is Vegetarianism the Ultimate Dietary Law?"
The National Jewish Monthly (April 1976). Good summary of reasons why some
Jews have become vegetarians.
Hakohen, Yosef Ben Shlomo. The Universal
Jew, Letters to My Progressive Father. Jerusalem, New York, 1995. Judaism's
universal message, including a discussion of people's obligations to the earth
and its creatures.
Hirsch, Richard G. Thy Most Precious Gift, Peace
in the Jewish Tradition. New York: Union of American Hebrew Congregations,
Hirsch, Rabbi Samson Raphael. Horeb, translated by Dayan
I. Grunfeld, New York/London/Jerusalem: Soncino Press, 1962. In this classical
work on the mitzvot of the Torah, Rabbi Hirsch demonstrates how the principles
of love and justice form the basis of mitzva observance. A wide variety of mitzvot
are analyzed, including those which teach us how to relate to the earth and its
Kalechofsky, Roberta. Haggadah for the Liberated Lamb.
Marblehead, Massachusetts: Micah Publications, 1985. Valuable material for conducting
a vegetarian Passover seder.
Kalechofsky, Roberta, editor. Judaism
and Animals Rights - Classical and Contemporary Responses. Marblehead, Massachusetts:
Micah Publications, 1992. A wide varieties of articles on animal rights, vegetarianism,
animal experimentation, from the perspective of Judaism.
Roberta, editor. Rabbis and Vegetarianism: An Evolving Tradition. Marblehead,
Massachusetts: Micah publications, 1995. Articles on vegetarianism by 17 rabbis
from different backgrounds and perspectives.
Kalechofsky, Roberta. Vegetarianism
and the Jewish Holidays. Marblehead, Massachusetts: Micah Publications, 1993.
(A Green Mitzvah Booklet) Questions and answers about vegetarian connections to
Jewish festivals. Recipes are included.
Kalechofsky, Roberta. A Boy,
A Chicken, and The Lion of Judea - How Ari Became a Vegetarian. Marblehead,
Massachusetts: Micah Publications, 1995. How a Jewish boy in Israel overcomes
family and peer-pressure to "take charge of his stomach".
Roberta. Vegetarian Judaism. Marblehead, Massachusetts: Micah Publications,
due out in 1998. All the reasons why Jews should be vegetarians.
Rabbi Abraham Isaac. A Vision of Vegetarianism and Peace (Hebrew). The
vegetarian philosophy of this great Jewish leader and thinker. Rabbi Kook felt
that God wanted people to be vegetarians but permitted meat as a concession, with
many limitations, and that all creatures will be vegetarian in the messianic period,
as they were in the Garden of Eden.
Kook, Rabbi Abraham Isaac. "Fragments
of Light: A View as to the Reasons for the Commandments," in Abraham Isaac
Kook, a collection of Rabbi Kook's works, edited and translated by Ben Zion
Bokser, New York. Paulist Press, 1978. A summary of Rav Kook's thoughts on vegetarianism.
Pick, Philip, ed. The Tree of Life, An Anthology
of Articles Appearing in The Jewish Vegetarian, 1966-1974. New York: A.S. Barnes,
1977. A wide variety of essays and editorials from the Jewish Vegetarian on many
aspects of the relationship between Judaism and vegetarianism.
Jacob A. Humanitarianism of the Laws of Israel - Kindness to Animals. Jewish
Tract 06, Cincinnati, Ohio: Union of American Hebrew Congregations. Concise summary
of laws in the Jewish tradition relating to kindness to animals.
Rabbi Elijah J. Animal Life in Jewish Tradition. New York: K'tav, 1984.
Thorough, well-documented consideration of all aspects of animal issues, from
the perspective of the Jewish tradition.
Schwartz, Richard. Judaism
and Vegetarianism, Lantern Books, 2001 (New Revised Edition). Thorough
analysis of the Jewish case for vegetarianism.
Schwartz, Richard. Judaism
and Global Survival, New York: Atara Press, 1987. Application of Jewish values
to current critical issues such as hunger, pollution, resource scarcity, and the
Schwartz, Richard H. Judaism and Animal Issues. Marblehead,
Massachusetts: Micah Publications, 1993. (A Green Mitzvah Booklet).
Richard H. Judaism, Health, Nutrition, and Vegetarianism. Marblehead, Massachusetts:
Micah Publications, 1993. (A Green Mitzvah Booklet)
Sears, Rabbi Dovid.
The Vision of Eden: Animal Welfare and
Vegetarianism in Jewish Law and Mysticism. Spring Valley, New York: Orot
Inc, 2003. Presents a Jewish view of the universe, drawing upon both Talmudic
and Kabbalistic sources, with a special focus on the issues of animal welfare
and vegetarianism. A comprehensive anthology that presents a wide range of material
representing multiple points of view. Much of this material has never before been
translated, including copious selections from the writings of the Chassidic masters
and Rav Abraham Isaac Kook.
Shoshan, A. Man and Animal (Hebrew).
Jerusalem: Shoshanim, 1963. A very thorough treatment of Jewish literature pertaining
to the Jewish attitude toward animals from ancient to modern times
Mark. Guide to Vegetarian Restaurants in Israel. Baltimore, Maryland: The
Vegetarian Resource Group, 1996. Reviews and background information about vegetarian
restaurants in Israel, Also lists health food stores in major cities.
Charles. Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of the Animals and the Holocaust.
New York: Lantern Books, 2002. Shows comparisons between the mindsets and methods
of the Holocaust and the mistreatment of animals.
Schwartz, Richard H. Judaism
and Global Survival. New York: Lantern Books, 2002. Application of Jewish
values to address current critical issues, including global climate change, hunger,
energy and water shortages, pollution, and globalization.
B. General Vegetarian Books
Akers, Keith. A Vegetarian Sourcebook, Arlington, Virginia: Vegetarian
Altman, Nathaniel. Eating for Life. Wheaton, Illinois:
Theosophical Publishing House, 1977.
Diamond, Harvey. Your Heart, Your
Planet. Santa Monica: Hay House, 1990.
Eisman, George L. The Most
Noble Diet. Miami, Florida: Diet-Ethics, 1984.
Giehl, Dudley. Vegetarianism:
A Way of life. New York: Harper and Row, 1979.
Hur, Robin. Food
reform: Our Desperate Need. Austin, Texas: Heidelberg, 1975.
Frances Moore. Diet for a Small Planet. New York: Ballantine Books, (Revised
Marcus, Eric. Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating.
Ithica, New York: McBooks Press, 1997.
Mason, Jim and Peter Singer. Animal
Factories. New York: Crown, 1980.
Moran, Victoria. Compassion,
The Ultimate Ethic. Wellingborough, Northampshire: Thorsons, 1985.
Null, Gary. The Vegetarian Handbook - Eating Right for Total Health. New
York: St. Martin`s Press, 1987.
Parham, Barbara. What`s Wrong With
Eating Meat? Denver: Ananda Marga Publications, 1979.
Beyond Beef - The Rise and Fall of the Cattle Culture . New York: Dutton,
1992. Powerful analysis of the many negative effects related to the raising of
cattle and the consumption of beef.
Robbins, John. Diet For a New America.
Walpole, New Hampshire: Stillpoint Publishing, 1987. Extremely popular book that
documents health, animal-rights, and ecological reasons for not eating flesh,
eggs, and dairy foods.
Rudd, G. L. Why Kill for Food? Madras, India:
Indian Vegetarian Congress. 1956.
Rosen, Steven. Food For the Spirit-Vegetarianism
and the World Religions. New York: Bala Books, 1986.
John A. Problems With Meat. Santa Barbara, California: Woodbridge Press,
Schell, Orville. Modern Meat. New York: Vintage Books, 1985.
Detailed discussion about many problems related to the production and consumption
Singer, Peter. Animal Liberation. New York: Avon Books,
1975. Seminal work of the modern animal rights movement. Powerful argument for
vegetarianism. Considers cruelty to animals from factory farming and scientific
experimentation in great detail.
Sussman, Victor. The Vegetarian Alternative.
Emmaus, Pa.: Rodale Press, 1978.
Wynne-Tyson, Jon. Food For a Future:
How World Hunger Could Be Ended By the 21st Century. London: Thorsons, 1988.
C. Health and Nutrition Issues
American Natural Hygiene Society. The Greatest
Health Discovery. Chicago: Natural Hygiene Press, 1972.
and It`s Evolution, Past, Present, and Future." Barnard, Neal D., M. D. The
Power of Your Plate - A Plan for Better Living. Summertown, Tennessee: Book
Publishing Company. 1990. "Eating well for better health - 17 experts tell you
Diamond, Harvey and Marilyn Diamond. Fit For Life. New York:
Warner Books, 1985. Introduction to natural hygiene. Many recipes, Best selling
diet and health book ever.
Diamond, Harvey and Marilyn Diamond. Fit
For Life. II - Living Health. New York: Warner Books, 1987.
William, M. D. Dictionary of Natural Foods. Bridgeport, Connecticut: Natural
Hygiene Press, 1983. Beautifully illustrated listing and discussion of fruits,
vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
Harris, William, M. D. The Scientific
Basis of Vegetarianism. Honolulu: Hawaii health Publishers, 1995. Many graphs
and charts make a very strong case for the health benefits of vegetarianism.
Klaper, Michael, M. D. Vegan Nutrition: Pure and Simple.
M. D. Pregnancy, Children, and the Vegan Diet.
McDougall, John A.,
M. D and Mary A McDougall. The McDougall Plan. Piscataway, New Jersey:
New Century Publishers, 1983. A gold mine of information on all aspects of nutrition.
McDougall, John A., M. D. McDougall`s Medicine - A Challenging
Second Opinion. Piscataway, New Jersey: New Century Publishers, 1985. "The
book that challenges the currently accepted treatments for cancer, osteoporosis,
heart disease, arthritis. atherosclerosis, diabetes, and hypertension".
Ornish Dean, M. D. Dr. Dean Ornish`s Program for Reversing Heart Disease.
New York: Ballantine, 1990. How heart disease can be reversed through a very low-fat
vegetarian diet, exercise, meditation, and stress reduction. Many appropriate
Sorensen, Marc, Ed. D. Mega Health. Ivins, Utah: National
Institute of Health, 1993. An extremely thorough and well documented discussion
of the links between diet and health.
Benjamin, Alice and Corrigan,
Harriet. Cooking With Conscience: A Book for People Concerned About World Hunger.
New York: Seabury, 1978.
Brown, Lena. Cookbook for Health (Yiddish).
New York: Jankovitz, 1931. An early collection of Jewish vegetarian recipes
Dinshah, Freya. The Vegan Kitchen. Malaga, New Jersey: American Vegan Society,
Friedman, Rose. Jewish Vegetarian Cooking. New York: Thorsons,
1985. The official cookbook of the International Jewish Vegetarian Society.
Gentle World. The Cookbook for People Who Love Animals. Umatilla, Florida:
Gentle World, 1983.
Golde, Muriel C. Vegetarian Cooking for a Better
World. North American Vegetarian Society.
Hurd, Frank and Rosalie
Hurd. Ten Talents. Collegedale, Tennessee: College Press,
Roberta and Rosa Rasiel. The Jewish Vegetarian Year Cookbook. Marblehead,
Massachusetts: Micah Publications, 1997.
Katzen, Mollie. The Moosewood
Cookbook. Berkeley, California: Ten Speed Press. 1982.
The Enchanted Broccoli Forest. Berkeley, California: Ten Speed Press. 1982.
Leneman, Leah. Slimming The Vegetarian Way. London: Thorsons, 1980.
Leneman, Leah. The Single Vegan. New York: Thorsons, 1989. Convenient,
simple, appetizing meals for one.
McDougall, Mary. McDougall Health-Supporting
Cookbook. (Volumes I and II).Ne w Century Publishers, 1985 (Vol. 1), 1986
Robertson, Laurel, et al. The New Laurel`s Kitchen: A Handbook
for Vegetarian Cookery and Nutrition. Berkeley, California: Ten speed Press,
Wasserman, Debra. The Low Fat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook.
Baltimore: Vegetarian resource Group, 1994. Over 150 low fat international recipes,
based on Jewish traditions from around the world.
Wasserman, Debra and
Reed Mangels. Simply Vegan. Baltimore: Vegetarian Resource Group, 1990.
A wide varieties of recipes that are completely free of animal products. Includes
a comprehensive section on nutrition, written by nutritionist Reed Mangels, Ph.
Wasserman, Debra and Charles Stahler. No Cholesterol Passover Recipes.
Baltimore: Vegetarian Resource Group, 1986. Contains 100 recipes without animal
products that are suitable for Passover.
Wasserman, Debra and Charles
Stahler. Meatless Meals for Working People - Quick and Easy Vegetarian Recipes.
Baltimore: Vegetarian Resource Group, 1990. A wide variety of recipes for people
with limited time.
Wasserman, Debra. Conveniently Vegan. Baltimore:,
Vegetarian resource Group, 1997.