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Vegan Voice Book Review
December - February 2002

Judaism and Vegetarianism
Reviewed by Mai Chung

Howard F. Lyman, author of Mad Cowboy, said of his friend Richard Schwartz: "He is changing the world and I am proud to be his friend. You do not have to be a Jew to read and enjoy Judaism and Vegetarianism. Richard has written brilliantly a most fascinating book, no matter what your religion ..."

This book isn't just about using biblical evidence to show that a loving and caring attitude towards animals is present in Judaism. Schwartz embraces a wider vision than that. This book is about understanding that never before have the problems and threats related to animal-based diets and agriculture been so urgent. It is increasingly clear, Schwartz points out, that a shift towards vegetarianism is a planetary imperative, not a luxury.

Since Judaism, like most other religions, has a strict traditional outlook, isn't a move towards vegetarianism a move away from Jewish traditions with regard to diet? Schwartz shows that vegetarianism is actually a return to Jewish traditions—to taking Jewish values seriously. The sheer amount of study that has gone into this book is enthralling in itself. No stone is left unturned, with a precise answer given to the most difficult of questions.

This book is about understanding and not resisting the need for evolution to take place, whilst staying close to one's roots. This is a great book—pro-life and pro-animals—and frankly, one I couldn't put down.

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