"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)



Jonathan Safran Foer Discusses Vegetarianism, New Book
Last month, The Young & Hungry featured an interview with Everything Is Illuminated author Jonathan Safran Foer. (Click here to read my 2006 post about Foer's video "If This Is Kosher ...") Foer called falafel the "ideal parent-kid meal," and he mentioned that he's been vegan on and off but is giving veganism a try once again. He also discussed his new nonfiction book, Eating Animals, which will be released in November:
I wanted to write it because I was very uncertain about how I felt [about eating animals] and I had been uncertain for a long time and felt no urgency to get it right, but with my wife being pregnant with our first child, I suddenly felt an urgency because I would have to make decisions on his behalf, not just my own and that's different. It's a different kind of responsibility.

Mayim Bialik: Heeb and Vegan
Former Blossom star Mayim Bialik was recently asked, "Are you vegetarians? Kosher?" on People's Celebrity Baby Blog. She responded, "I’m technically a vegan, but I do eat egg if it’s in things. And that’s how we raise [her son] Miles, too. I cook meat for my husband, which is Kosher, but we don’t have a vegan house, just Kosher house that has vegan options for everyone."

Vegetarian Festivals
Yesterday, The Jew & The Carrot featured a post about vegetarian festivals. The list is far from exhaustive, but I did enjoy the graphic from the 2007 Los Angeles Tofu Festival.

Not So Chosen
Yesterday, the U.S Air Guitar Blog ran a post titled "Air Guitar: The Chosen Show." The post noted, "Ma’ariv, one of the largest newspapers in Israel, had a reporter at the NYC show. He just did us a mitzvah." Why is it that organizers scheduled the NYC competition on the first night of Shavuot, thus preventing me from attending? Did they think that there were no Jews in New York City? My guess is that they never bothered to check a Jewish calendar, which is par for the course for many secular events but less acceptable when you profess to be "the chosen show." (Note: My criticism is almost as fake as an air guitar.)


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