If you ever feel burnt out by the relentless extent of animal exploitation, environmental destruction and human suffering then this conversation will, I trust give you a little boost of hope or at least gratitude.
My guest, Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D. has an extensive bio and body of work as a leader in addressing the most critical issue facing humanity today – the need to avert a climate catastrophe. Richard has been advocating for a vegetarian then vegan lifestyle and the alignment between Jewish values and a compassionate vegan lifestyle for over 4 decades now.
At 89 years young he fronted for this interview at 8pm on a Monday night from his home in Israel. My heart is full of gratitude for this passionate man. This is a conversation of value for those of us of any religion and of no religion.
If peace, compassion and love are important to you I think you will appreciate this chat.
For a little official bio: Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D., is the author of Vegan Revolution: Saving Our World, Revitalizing Judaism + Judaism and Vegetarianism + Judaism and Global Survival + Who Stole My Religion?: Revitalizing Judaism and Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal Our Imperiled Planet and over 250 related articles at JewishVeg.org/schwartz.
He is president emeritus of Jewish Veg and professor emeritus at the College of Staten Island, New York.
Please enjoy this conversation with Richard H Schwartz about Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal Our Imperiled Planet.
In this conversation we cover:
- How teaching mathematics and trying to make it interesting started Richards vegetarian, then vegan journey.
- Why Jewish people (and others) should be vegan. Including the 6 Jewish mandates that animal based diets break.
- Has Richard ever heard a compelling argument specific to Judaism as to why Jews might not need to be vegan?
- How is Israel specifically, well suited and perhaps in urgent need of adopting a plant-based approach to feeding its people?
- One of Richard’s books is: Vegan Revolution: Saving Our World, Revitalizing Judaism.
- A) Why does he think the world needs saving?
- B) Why do Judaism and other religions need revitalization?
- How specifically a global shift to vegan diets would help save the world.
I’m in awe and have nothing further to add except that Richard mentioned the free PDF of his book “Judaism and Global Survival – 20th Anniversary edition” that he will generously send if you contact him at email@example.com. For everything else I have you all linked up in the show notes below.
I recommend Richard’s cover story in the August 9 Jerusalem Report, “Why Jews should be vegans”
You can also purchase Richard’s books including:
Connect with Jewish Veg on Facebook:
Richard mentioned the book, Diet For A Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappé.
That’s it for this week in Healthification.
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With love and gratitude plant friends.
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