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"I've noticed that quite a lot of people who are prominent in the animal liberation movement are Jews. Maybe we are simply not prepared to see the powerful hurting the weak." --Peter Singer (Author, Animal Liberation)

2.13.2006

Tu B'Shvat: A Vegan-Friendly Holiday

During my freshman year of college, I went to Chabad House one seemingly random Friday night and was delighted to find 44 different types of fruits and nuts instead of the typical chicken carcass at the center of the table. From that moment on, Tu B'Shvat was my favorite Jewish holiday!

Last night, I gathered with friends to celebrate this Earth Day/Arbor Day hybrid, the New Year for trees. The holiday is known for its environmental connections, but of course, Tu B'Shvat is very vegan-friendly in that it invites us to embrace the natural cuisine of the Garden of Eden. More information about the connections between Tu B'Shvat and environmentalism and vegetarianism can be found here.

To the right is a photo of our beautiful spread of food from last night, which included coconut, starfruit, papaya, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, peanuts, pistachios, olives, plums, apples, peaches, figs, dates, and persimmons. To read more about last night's Tu B'Shvat celebration, check out David's blog post.

1 Comments:

  • At 2/15/2006 11:29 AM, Blogger XyentaX said…

    I just had my first Tu B'Shvat celebration this year. Entirely vegan and everything! Such a rad holiday, I'm glad you think so also.

     

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