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Peaceanimal peacepen webinar series featuring those whose writing changes the world
PEACEANIMAL PeacePen Webinar SeriesFeaturing those whose writing changes the world

Professor Richard H. Schwartz

Presented by

Dr. Kris Lecakes Haley & Dr. Craig Haley



What s on the agenda
What’s On The Agenda?

  • Meet Professor Richard H. Schwartz

  • Embark on an amazing journey through the Jewish scriptural texts, interpretations and philosophies that illuminated the path toward the groundbreaking documentary, “A SACRED DUTY”

  • Hear more about Prof. Schwartz’s other books, articles and offerings

  • Q & A

Meet professor richard schwartz
Meet Professor Richard Schwartz

  • Professor Emeritus

  • College of Staten Island

  • President, Jewish

  • Vegetarians of North

  • America (JVNA) & Society

  • of Ethical Religious

  • Vegetarians (SERV)

  • Associate Producer,


  • Director, Veg Climate

  • Alliance

  • Co-author of “A Religious

  • Proclamation for Animal

  • Compassion”

Professor schwartz s body of work
Professor Schwartz’s Body of Work

  • Author, “Judaism and Vegetarianism”

  • Author, “Judaism and Global Survival”

  • Author, “Mathematics and Global

  • Survival”

  • Author of over 140 articles at

  • Creator of a free, online course on

  • Judaism and Vegetarianism located at

Why this discussion is important
Why This Discussion Is Important

  • 1. World heading toward unprecedented

  • catastrophe    a. global warming

    • b. widening water shortages

    • c. extinction of species

  • d. destruction of tropical rain forests

  • e. Many more threats

  • Impacts of vegetarian diets

  • a. UN FAO Report

  • b. World Watch Magazine

  • Switch toward vegetarianism essential

  • a. a societal imperative

Jewish case for vegetarianism
Jewish Case For Vegetarianism

  • 1. Biblical Case

  • Six Basic Jewish Mandates

The biblical case god s first dietary regimen
The Biblical CaseGod’s First Dietary Regimen

And God said: "Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree that has seed-yielding fruit -- to you it shall be for food."                                    ~ Genesis 1:29 

The biblical case the second vegetarian experiment
The Biblical CaseThe Second Vegetarian Experiment

  • Manna from heaven

  • People not satisfied

  • Lusted for meat

  • Great plague - “Graves of Lust”

The biblical case the second vegetarian experiment1
The Biblical CaseThe Second Vegetarian Experiment

  • Permission to eat meat reluctantly given

  • Associated with lust

  • Many stipulations/kashrutlaws

  • “A Hidden Reprimand”/Rav Kook

The biblical case messianic period vegetarian
The Biblical CaseMessianic Period Vegetarian

And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb,And the leopard shall lie down with the kid;And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;And a little child shall lead themAnd the cow and the bear shall feed;Their young ones shall lie down together,And the lion shall eat straw like the ox....They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain...                                       ~ Isaiah 11:6-9

Six basic jewish mandates
Six Basic Jewish Mandates

1.    Treat Animals Compassionately2.     Preserve Human Health3.     Protect the Environment4.     Conserve Natural Resources5.     Help Hungry People6.     Seek and Pursue Peace

1 treat animals compassionately
1. Treat Animals Compassionately

While Judaism forbids tsa'ar ba'alei chayim, inflicting unnecessary pain on animals, most farm animals -- including those raised for kosher consumers -- are raised on "factory farms" where they live in cramped, confined spaces, and are often drugged, mutilated, and denied fresh air, sunlight, exercise, and any enjoyment of life, before they are slaughtered and eaten.

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1. Treat Animals Compassionately

“God's mercies over all of his creations.”

~ Psalms 145:9

“The righteous person considers the lives of his animals.”

~ Proverbs 12:10

Part of Ten Commandments

Torah commandmentsFeed animals firstTest for leadership and choosing a spouse

2 preserve human health
2. Preserve Human Health

  • While Judaism mandates that people should be very careful about preserving their health and their lives, numerous scientific studies have linked animal-based diets directly to heart disease, stroke, many forms of cancer, and other chronic degenerative diseases.

  • Most important Jewish mitzvot?

  • Overrides other mitzvot

2 preserve human health1
2. Preserve Human Health

  • Migration Studies

  • Wartime Studies

  • Epidemiological Studies

  • Dean Ornish Studies

2 preserve human health2
2. Preserve Human Health

  • The protein myth

  • The calcium myth

3 protect the environment
3. Protect the Environment

While Judaism teaches that "the earth is the Lord's" (Psalm 24:1) and that we are to be God's partners and co-workers in preserving the world, modern intensive livestock agriculture contributes substantially to global warming, soil erosion and depletion, air and water pollution, overuse of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, the destruction of tropical rain forests and other habitats, and other environmental damage.

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3. Protect the Environment

Weren't we given dominion? - Responsible stewardship

- Genesis 1:29: Limits human diet - Genesis 2:15: Human role: To work

land and to guard it - Midrash: ancient rabbinic warning

4 conserve natural resources
4. Conserve Natural Resources

While Judaism mandates bal tashchit, that we are not to waste or unnecessarily destroy anything of value, and that we are not to use more than is needed to accomplish a purpose, animal agriculture requires the wasteful use of grain, land, water, energy, and other resources.

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4. Conserve Natural Resources

Jewish sages extended Deuteronomy 20:19, 20 to a general prohibition against wastingOur society based on waste; buy-use-dispose, rather than reduce-reuse-recycleWater: 4,200 gallons vs. 1,400 gallons vs. 300 gallons

5 help hungry people
5. Help Hungry People

While Judaism stresses that we are to assist the poor and share our bread with hungry people, over 70% of the grain grown in the United States is fed to animals destined for slaughter, while over a billion of the world’s people are chronically hungry and an estimated 20 million people worldwide die because of hunger and its effects each year.

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5. Help Hungry People

Leave corners of the field and gleanings of the harvest for the poorTrue purpose of fasting - end oppression, share with hungry people

6 seek and pursue peace
6. Seek and Pursue Peace

While Judaism stresses that we must seek and pursue peace and that violence results from unjust conditions, animal-centered diets, by wasting valuable resources, help to perpetuate the widespread hunger and poverty that eventually lead to instability and war.

6 seek and pursue peace1
6. Seek and Pursue Peace

Lechem and milchamahSame slogan for peace movement and vegetarian movementGlobal warming's effects on instability, violence, terrorism and war

Six basic jewish mandates summary
Six Basic Jewish Mandates - Summary

In view of these important Jewish mandates to preserve human health, attend to the welfare of animals, protect the environment, conserve resources, help feed hungry people, and pursue peace, and since animal-centered diets violate and contradict each of these responsibilities, committed Jews (and others) should sharply reduce or eliminate their consumption of animal products.

Respectful challenge to rabbis and other Jewish leaders.

Jewish vegetarians of north america
Jewish Vegetarians of North America

A Place To Read And Learn About The Growing Jewish Vegetarian Movement

Website: www.JewishVeg.comNewsletters: contact me at Articles:

Society of ethical and religious vegetarians
Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians

An Interfaith Peace Effort Pursuing Plant-based, Nonviolent Nutrition

Website: www.serv-online.orgYahoo Group:

SERV USA: Richard Schwartz, Stephen Kaufman

SERV Canada

A sacred duty an opportunity to move our imperiled planet to a sustainable path
A SACRED DUTYAn Opportunity To Move Our Imperiled PlanetTo A Sustainable Path

Website: www.asacredduty.comMay be viewed on

Complimentary Copies Available

A Major Documentary on Current Environmental Threats and How

Applying Jewish Teachings Can Help Heal The World

Richard s other efforts
Richard’s Other Efforts

  • Letters

  • Articles

  • Press Releases

  • Talks

  • Resolutions

The future a call to action
THE FUTURE – A Call To Action!

  • Challenge Rabbis And Others

  • Stage Debates: Should Jews Be Vegetarians?

  • Stress That Vegetarianism Is A Societal Imperative

Contact information

Richard Schwartz

Kris Lecakes Haley & Craig Haley

Co-founders, PEACEANIMAL

What do you think
What Do YOU Think??

  • Your questions and comments

  • are welcome and encouraged