Jews, Food and Animals

Some of the important ethical and moral questions we will explore in this new group.

What did Adam and Eve eat and what did God command them to eat?

God said “Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed which is upon the face of the earth, and every tree that has seed-yielding fruit- to you it shall be for food” (Genesis 1:29)

When did humans start consuming animals and why?  Some say that after Noah and his family emerged from the ark, all the vegetation was washed out and God permitted people to eat animals.  Another explanation was that it was a temporary concession to allow humans to indulge in urges and to have an elevated state in relation to animals because they felt so degraded at the time.

Why did this continue?  What are the current environmental impacts of animal agriculture and factory farming on the health of our planet? What are the health implications of consuming meat?  What are the health benefits of eating a plant based diet?  What are your favorite plant based recipes?

What about compassion for all living beings?  Do animals have a right to live out their lives and be free of suffering? (Is kosher slaughter of animals really free of suffering?)

These are some of the important ethical and moral questions we will explore in this new group which will meet bi-monthly.  Carnivores, omnivores and plant-based vegans and vegetarians are all welcome and encouraged to join.  Please contact Linda Klein lindazklein@gmail.com or Rebecca Schwartz rebecca@bethjacobrwc.org for more information and to get the zoom link.  The next meeting is Jan. 4 at 12:00 noon, and we will be joined by special guest Bill Futornick. Bring your lunch!

 

Linda Klein