U'vrith (Nature and Health) Book Review
JUDAISM AND VEGETARIANISM
By Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D.
2001 by Lantern Books, New York, NY
ISBN 1-930051-24-7, list $18.00 U.S.
by Yael Shemesh
(translated from Hebrew by Deborah Gluch)
#112 July/August 2001
Richard H. Schwartz, Professor Emeritus
of Mathematics at the College of Staten Island in
the United States and an Orthodox Jew, is known among
vegetarians and animal rights advocates for his tireless
work to promote their causes. He utilizes lectures,
an Internet site (jewishveg.com/schwartz)
which has over 100 articles relating Judaism and vegetarianism,
and the sending of these articles periodically to
vegetarian activists, rabbis, and others on his e-mail
distribution lists. Professor Schwartz became a vegetarian
in 1978 because of his course "Mathematics and
the Environment," which helped him become aware
of issues related to hunger, health, and factory farming.
For over 20 years, he has devoted much of his time
to promoting vegetarianism, primarily with Jewish
A new edition of Judaism and Vegetarianism,
a book that has been called "the Bible of Jewish
vegetarianism," was published in early 2001.
As explained in the Preface, the new edition expands
on some topics like health and ecology, includes some
new topics, such as global warming and myths related
to protein and calcium, and has many additional questions
Some of the book's main arguments include:
In summary, Judaism and Vegetarianism
urges the reader to show
responsibility to themselves and the world by changing
to a vegetarian diet.
I have no doubt that this book is an important weapon
in the battle for a
better and more moral world where "No one shall
hurt nor destroy in all My
[God's] holy mountain" (Isaiah 11:9). I highly
recommend the book. Read it
and recommend it to your acquaintances.