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Vegan Revolution: Saving Our World, Revitalizing Judaism By Richard H. Schwartz

Publisher: Lantern Publish9ing & Media

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Vegan Revolution: Saving Our World, Revitalizing Judaism
Vegan Revolution: Saving Our World, Revitalizing Judaism
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Dan Brook
Vegan Revolution is another masterpiece by Richard Schwartz, President Emeritus of Jewish Veg and the leading authority of Jewish veg.

Martin Rowe
I'm the publisher of this book and thought I'd a few words on why I decided to publish it. What is there to say about Richard Schwartz? Now in his late-eighties, Richard remains an indefatigable promoter of veganism and Judaism, and their confluence in vegan Judaism and Jewish veganism. He is the best kind of zealot—ready to provide you chapter and verse of whatever sacred scripture (in veganism or Judaism) that you may care to question or from which he can draw in support of his central thesis. That thesis—which is that Jewish mandates particularly point to a vegan diet and that veganism offers the best pathway to saving the planet AND expressing full Judaism—has been his central focus for forty years (give or take). What's more, as this volume expresses very clearly, the twin focus has been sharpened by the clear and present dangers posed by the climate emergency, and the burgeoning interest in (and adoption of) veganism in Israel. Now, Richard can come across as relentless, it's true; not a week it seems goes by that a letter or article doesn't appear in THE JERUSALEM POST or HAARETZ arguing point by point on why veganism is the only logical pathway for Judaism, and how Judaism has a sacred obligation and opportunity to heal the world. But I'm not going to begrudge him unsettling a few complacent omnivores, fundamentalists, and everyone in between. His is a prophetic righteousness, and we'll need much more of the commitment and vision displayed by Richard (and on full show in VEGAN REVOLUTION) if we are to survive the coming catastrophe.

Keith Akers in Animals 24-7
Schwartz is still trying to apply Jewish values to the basic arguments for veganism. But he has gone considerably beyond this now. He has incorporated quite a bit of material that is completely new—on cultivated meat, on climate change, on fish, on animal rights, and other topics. Even the subjects that were covered in the previous book [Judaism and Vegetarianism] have been reworked and completely updated.”

Vegan Revolution: Saving Our World, Revitalizing Judaism is thought-provoking and sure to interest Jewish people and anyone new to or considering vegan living.

Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, Tikkun
This is an inspirational book that not only helps people to become vegan but is very supportive of vegans already living this way. The deeper message of the book and the moral ethic of Torah teachings is that which is good for human health and spirit is also good for the health of the planet and all life thereupon. One of the most important points that Schwartz makes is that beyond all question the repair, the future, and the survival of the planet are strongly supported by the consciousness and practice of Torah-based veganism. This is an excellent book, which I strongly recommend to all those considering veganism as well as those who already are vegans.

Julie Rosenfeld, Jewish Vegetarian Society (UK)
The Vegan Revolution was published at a most opportune time. With its emphasis on practical and spiritual ways to combine Judaism and Veganism to produce a real, long-lasting solution to climate change and other important issues, this volume is both timely, relevant and truly inspirational.”—

Charles Stahler, Vegetarian Resource Group
For vegan activists out there, understanding religious ideas, can be an additional method to promote their cause. For religious people, veganism can be another way to live their religious beliefs.”

Frank Hoffman,
Vegan Revolution, Saving our World, Revitalizing Judaism by Richard H. Schwartz is primarily directed toward a Jewish audience, but its message is for everyone in the world. In Vegan Revolution, Richard Schwartz proves from both the Hebrew Bible and other texts, and scientific evidence that a vegan lifestyle saves the whole of God's creation, and that it has been God's intent since the beginning. He shows how a vegan livestyle not only saves billions of animals, but also saves human lives by preventing many diseases, and by feeding the hungry of the world, and that vegan living prevents the environmental disasters that are plaguing the world today. We highly recommend Vegan Revolution to everyone, for its extremely well documented references can help people to exchange their formerly distructive worldly ways back into the ways that God originally intended for us to live. We highly recommend Vegan Revolution to everyone, for its extremely well documented references can help people to exchange their formerly distructive worldly ways back into the ways that God originally intended for us to live.

Rabbi David Rosen, Former Chief Rabbi of Ireland; President for Israel of the International Jewish Vegetarian Society
I consider it an honor and a mitzvah to commend Professor Richard Schwartz’s work and all his endeavors to bring Jewish teachings on diet, health, the environment, and related issues to public attention, especially to those of us who seek to lead a religiously observant lifestyle, in keeping with the precepts and goals of the Torah. May his efforts merit Divine blessing and success.

Lionel Friedberg, film producer, director, cinematographer, and writer of many documentaries, including A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal the World
Few books have ever been more timely or more needed than this one. Humankind stands on the brink of one of the greatest catastrophes in history and, once again, Richard Schwartz has rallied to the cause. Proving himself to be the true tzadik that he is, he addresses issues that will help humanity face a future too ghastly to contemplate if we do not immediately do something to curb the coming cataclysm. And it all starts at a very simple place . . . on our dinner plates!

Rabbi Yonatan Neril, Founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development and of Jewish Eco Seminars
I applaud Richard Schwartz’s valiant efforts to raise the issue of a plant-based diet within the Jewish community. He taps into a millennia-old Jewish tradition supporting compassion toward animals, and does so at a time when all life on Earth depends on wise human action. He thoughtfully examines what type of food consumption fits with the ethics of kosher, which means appropriate. May God bless his holy efforts!

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen, Director of Development at the Friends of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
Once again Richard Schwartz has produced a thought-provoking book. It will be a very positive addition to our libraries. His writing is powerful in applying Jewish teachings to current critical issues. As always, Richard is not afraid to challenge us.

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, Founder and CEO of Shamayim v’Aretz: Jewish Animal Advocacy, and author or editor of over a dozen books of Judaica, including three on Jewish dietary teachings
This book is so crucial and urgently necessary! We once again owe deep gratitude to Professor Richard Schwartz for opening our minds and hearts to the essence of Jewish ethics!

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director of The Shalom Center, author of Down-to-Earth Judaism, Seasons of Our Joy, and many other works on Jewish thought and action
No one has been more creative, committed, and consistent than Richard Schwartz in arguing for a Judaism that can address in all its depth the world crises that all humanity and all the life-forms of our planet face today.

Nina Natelson, Director of Concern for Helping Animals in Israel (CHAI)
If you think Judaism consists of occasional visits to a synagogue or Temple where congregants perform rituals and recite prayers without feeling and attend mainly to socialize, then this book is a must read. Schwartz reminds us that the very essence of Judaism is to struggle to find what is right and to have the courage to do right, including speaking out against evil. Worship accompanied by indifference to evil, the prophets warned, is an abomination to God. Schwartz fulfills the best of Judaism by urging us to cry out against immorality, injustice, deceit, cruelty, and violence toward all living beings, rather than condone it with our silence. For, in condoning empty rituals and standing silent in the face of immoral deeds, we make a mockery of Judaism itself.

Rabbi Barry Silver, serving Congregation L’Dor Va-Dor in Boynton Beach, Florida, former State Representative, founder of the Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition and founder and leader of the Interfaith Justice League
I commend Dr. Schwartz for his integrity in reminding the Jewish community of its historic mission to serve as a light unto the nations. While most Jewish leaders are content to tell people what they want to hear, Dr. Schwartz, in his new book, speaks out in true prophetic spirit, courageously challenging our people to live up to the highest ideals of our heritage by acting as responsible stewards of our planet, speaking out for the voiceless, taking the side of the oppressed, and practicing kindness towards animals. Dr. Schwartz serves as a lightning rod to stimulate critically needed discussion about what it really means to be Jewish in more than just name alone, and how to live a Jewish life.

Rabbi David Wolpe, rabbi at Sinai Temple in California and the author of many books on Jewish teachings
We are stewards of God’s creation—how do we treat those with whom we share this world? Here is a passionate and compassionate guide to choosing what we eat and why.”

Yossi Wolfson, vegan and animal rights activist in Israel and coordinator of the Israeli Jewish Vegetarian Society in Jerusalem
This book by Prof. Richard Schwartz not only offers the reader a comprehensive research into Jewish teachings and their relevance to contemporary science and world affairs. It challenges the reader with an urgent cry out for action. For about forty years Schwartz has been a world authority on the deep linkage between Judaism and vegetarianism. Now he shows that a vegan revolution has been starting—in Israel and worldwide. But is it fast enough to save us from ecological catastrophe? And is the Jewish establishment assuming the role it should play within it? These are questions Schwartz addresses.”

Lara Balsam, Director, UK-based Jewish Vegetarian Society
A timely, comprehensive, and much-needed contribution to our movement, Richard Schwartz’s latest book presents an utterly compelling case for Jewish veganism, and more widely, for conscious consumption.”

Rae Sikora, co-founder Plant Peace Daily, Institute for Humane Education, and Vegfund
Richard Schwartz has been a consistent, clear, compassionate voice for the planet. This book once again illustrates his wisdom, insight, and willingness to speak up. If the Jewish community takes this book to heart and makes the necessary changes, the world can follow. We can co-create a world that respects all life.

Roberta Kalechofsky, PhD, author or editor of many books, including Jewish Vegetarianism, Rabbis and Vegetarianism, and Judaism and Animal Rights; Founder and Director of Jews for Animal Rights
Reading the first edition of Richard Schwartz’s book Judaism and Vegetarianism changed my life. It made me a vegetarian and an animal rights activist and led me to write and edit several books about these issues. I have worked with Richard now for decades in his tireless efforts to create a more compassionate, just, and environmentally sustainable world. Now, the vegan/vegetarian movement is the most important movement of our time, affecting the environment and our lives, and Richard’s superb new book is an important continuation of his long-time efforts to elucidate this point.

Jeffrey Spitz Cohan, executive director of Jewish Veg, formerly Jewish Vegetarians of North America
Richard Schwartz’s new book is a clarion call, a shofar blast, to disturb the slumber of indifference and to align Judaism with its noblest values.

David Krantz, President and Chairperson at Aytzim: Ecological Judaism
No one has done more than Richard Schwartz to advance the understanding of the relationship between Judaism, the environment, and respect for non-human animals. Like a modern-day prophet, Schwartz sees Jews straying from biblical edicts for Earth stewardship and prods us to embrace divinely ordained and inspired environmental action.

Lewis Regenstein, author of “Commandments of Compassion: Jewish
This pioneering book by Richard Schwartz, the world’s greatest living authority on the teachings of Judaism on protecting animals and nature, provides nothing short of the revolution in our way of thinking and acting that is now required in efforts to avert a climate catastrophe and other environmental disasters. This compelling, magisterial book is a must read. Its message must be heeded. Our future depends on it.

About the Author:

Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D., is the author of Judaism and Vegetarianism and Judaism and Global Survival among many other books and articles. President Emeritus of Jewish Veg and president of the Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians, he is professor emeritus at the College of Staten Island, New York. A father, grandfather, and now great-grandfather, he has since 2016 lived with his wife in Israel.

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