"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)


Vegan Marries Jew in 'Wedding of the Century'

This post should not be seen as condoning intermarriage.

Last night, in what was billed as the "wedding of the century," a vegan married a Jew. I don't think of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky as the biggest celebrities in the land, but I would have loved to have gone to the event to cover it for heebnvegan!

Rev. William Shillady, a Methodist minister, and Rabbi James Ponet, the head of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, co-officiated at the ceremony. A blogger for the Forward called the wedding "the most high-profile interfaith ceremony in American history."

Mezvinsky wore a kippah and a tallis, and the couple stood under a chuppah (canopy) and in front of a ketubah (wedding contract). Friends and family reportedly recited the traditional blessings of the sheva brachot. The Los Angeles Jewish Journal pointed out, "No word on whether the bridegroom shattered a glass, or whether President Clinton yelled, 'Mazel tov!'"

Clinton has reportedly been vegan since she was a teenager. Although the menu apparently did include organic grass-fed beef, the affair reportedly included significant vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, including a vegan, gluten-free wedding cake. Some are speculating that the high-profile wedding could lead to a spike in the volume and creativity of vegan and gluten-free options at weddings and elsewhere.


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