In honor of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, Mayim Bialik, the Jewish Vegetarian Society (JVS), and the Vegan Society are encouraging members of the Jewish community to consider a vegetarian diet or at the very least, veggie options.
"There is a strong emphasis in Judaism on humane maintenance and use of animals," Bialik said in an exclusive interview with the Jewish Vegetarian Society.
"We respect other creatures and, of course, Adam and Eve were vegetarian before the fall and exile from Eden. Tikkun Olam lends itself to us using our body and lifestyle to do our part to repair the world. For more, veganism is very consistent with that."
Bialik adds that being vegan is "a wonderful call to action – to put your vegetarian self out there in the world and start to see the personal, community and global benefits."
Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life