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The growing interest in human health, animal rights, and protection of the environment are all matters of fundamental concern for Judaism, and vegetarianism is entirely in keeping with the values and responsibilities of the Jewish tradition. Based on the teachings and principles of Kashrut, this book shows conclusively that if society at large maintained a vegetarian diet, there would be more resources to deal with the hunger and illness that still prevail in much of the world. Clearly presents the philosophical basis for a vegetarian diet.
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Roberta Kalechofsky is the author of seven works of fiction, two collections of essays, a monograph on George Orwell, and a book of poetry. Her fiction has been translated into Italian and she has been published in Italy. She is the recipient of a literary fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts. Her work has been published in many periodicals and several anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories of 1972.From Publishers Weekly:
According to Kalechofsky (Autobiography of a Revolutionary: Essays on Animal and Human Rights), "meat today... violates the most fundamental of Jewish concepts: concern for health, for the environment, for the animal, for the Jewish community, for the human race." Concerned that even the rules of kashrut (kosher) can't protect any of these fundamental rights, the author sets out on an examination of the history of kashrut in the modern age and a history of the development of farming from family-owned farms to factory farms. Along the way, she argues that meat consumption is responsible for many public health problems. Kalechofsky engages in a deep study of Torah and Talmud to contend that Judaism is a religion whose ideals are best enacted through a vegetarian lifestyle. The chapters are devoted to five Jewish principles on which Kalechofsky says a righteous Jewish diet must be based: "pikuach nefesh (guard your health); tsa'ar ba'alei chaim (do not cause pain to living creatures); bal tashchit (concern for the environment); tzeddakah (charity); and klal Israel (concern for the community)." Kalechofsky's strident prose will put off many readers who might otherwise be sincerely interested in vegetarian Judaism.
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