If I Keep These Posts Up, I'll Have to Name My First-Born 'Miscellaneous'
As I mentioned last month, I set up a Counting the Omer Twitter account to "tweet the omer," but I ultimately decided to count the omer offline instead. Part of my thinking was that my Twittering wouldn't have gotten enough attention to be worth the effort. On Friday, the JTA released a list of the 50 most influential Jewish individuals on Twitter. Apparently, there is a Jewish tweetosphere and my tweeting probably would have gotten noticed after all.
Fasting Against Swine Flu
Tomorrow will be a day of fasting and prayer against swine flu, Israel's chief Sephardic rabbi Shlomo Amar has declared. The Times of India reported, "Referring to the Talmud book of Jewish teachings, Amar quoted a rabbi who when told that 'there is a plague among the pigs, immediately ordered a fast on the public because the bowels and digestive system of pigs are similar to those of men.'" The article also noted that Israel confirmed its fourth case of swine flu on Sunday. (This news was originally posted on Failed Messiah. Click here to read last week's heebnvegan post about swine flu.)
Cow Shechted in Residential Neighborhood
Yesterday, Failed Messiah featured a post about how a cow was shechted (ritually slaughtered) in a yeshiva's back yard in Monsey, N.Y. The Journal News reported that students and teachers "had tied a cow to a tree and were slaughtering" the animal. A neighbor remarked, "It's the most horrendous, barbaric thing I have ever heard of. I can't believe they would slaughter a cow in a back yard in a residential neighborhood."
Vegetarian Celebrity News From Vegetarian Star
Following last month's heebnvegan post about my encounter with Natalie Portman, the vegetarian celebrity gossip and news site Vegetarian Star ran a post about Portman's response to my question. The article said (their words, not mine): "Michael Croland, blogger for heeb’n'vegan, got the opportunity that every man on planet earth dreams about: to talk to Natalie." Yesterday, Vegetarian Star reported that Phish bassist and singer Mike Gordon tweeted that he "relishes vegan carrot kugel."
Simon Cowell's Vegan Following
The Post Punk Kitchen Blog noted on April 24, "America was abuzz this past Wednesday as what appeared to be an angel flashed an ominous message across millions of TV screens: Vegans (Heart) Simon. But who was this masked vegan?"Actually, it was none other than the blog's own Isa Chandra Moskowitz, a former heebnvegan guest blogger.
Free-Range Farming Is Not the Solution
On Monday, The Jew & The Carrot featured a post by Angel Flinn, titled "Free-Range Is Not the Answer." Flinn wrote, "As we can see, the growing popularity of ‘grass-fed’, ‘pasture-raised’ or ‘free-range’ beef, far from being the solution to the damage caused by animal farming, represents just another side of the devastation caused by the animal industry." She points to a vegan diet as the best way to avoid the pitfalls of both free-range and factory farming.