'Animals and Their Jewish Guardians' in Tikkun
heebnvegan is featured in the article, and I'm quoted as follows:
The more I get involved in animal rights activism, the more I feel in touch with my Jewish identity. Running a blog about Judaism and animal protection issues has demonstrated just how important—and consistent with Jewish teachings—it is for Jews to be vegetarian. Activism to "repair the world" (tikkun olam) is a commanding force in the lives of many Jews. That meshes with the Jewish ideal of minimizing tsa'ar ba'alei chayim (unnecessary animal suffering). The suffering and inhumane treatment of the billions of farmed animals, both during their lives and at slaughter, is an atrocity we shouldn't stand for.Quite a bit in the article is familiar territory for longtime heebnvegan readers (which certainly isn't a bad thing, because obviously the goal is to reach a different audience). Here are some other highlights:
- Nathan points out that Lewis Gompertz, who founded the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the U.K. in 1824, was Jewish.
- The article notes that Jews for Animal Rights "was founded on the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Avraham Kook's philosophy, 'to establish justice for animals, to search for the claim of their rights from mankind, which are hidden in the moral psychic sensibility in the deeper layers of the Torah.'"
- It's noted that Lewis Regenstein, author of Replenish the Earth: A History of Organized Religion's Treatment of Animals and Nature and president of the Interfaith Council for the Protection of Animals and Nature, is Jewish. The group is an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States and has the following as its mission: "to instill in one of the nation's most powerful institutions—organized religion—a responsibility to speak out against the threats to the survival of our planet Earth. There is a wonderful, if largely forgotten, heritage of respect for nature and animals in our religious traditions."
- Filmmakers Frederick Wiseman (Primate and Meat), Victor Schonfeld (The Animals Film), and Jenny Stein (The Witness and Peaceable Kingdom) are "outed" as members of the tribe.