Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Publisher: Lantern Books
“Richard Schwartz is a professor emeritus of mathematics who has devoted himself to the mitzvot of bal tashchit (conserving resources) and tza’ar ba’alei chayim (preventing cruelty to animals). He wrote Judaism and Vegetarianism, a newly revised edition of which is now available, which I recommend to those concerned with a host of global issues: the environment, poverty, health, and peace among them. I have not found a better compendium of sources on how these issues are related to Jewish thinking, values, and halakhah (Jewish law). Schwartz’ passion for these issues is evident throughout. The book is well researched and contains complete source citations, as well as a compendium of organizations whose goals are compatible with the values presented in the book, and a large bibliography. Schwartz binds together our individual practice, Jewish values, and global issues in a tight weave that gives us much to ponder and even more to do.â€” Rabbi Amy R. Scheinerman, Beth Shalom Congregation, Taylorsville, Maryland
“It is to be hoped that this major publication will not only adorn the bookshelf of many a Jewish home, but will also become a guide to an ever-increasing movement of Jews toward vegetarianism, born out of a serious religious conviction rooted in our most sublime teachings.”â€”David Rosen, former Chief Rabbi of Ireland
“It would be hard for anyone ethically sensitiveâ€”Jew or non-Jewâ€”to read this book and not take up the vegetarian cause.”â€”Paul Peabody, Fellowship
“In his scholarly and thoughtful style, Richard Schwartz demonstrates the profound imperatives at the heart of the Jewish faith that lead inexorably in a vegetarian direction.”â€”John Robbins, author, Diet for a New America
From God’s first injunction, “Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed, to you it shall be for food.” (Gen. 1:29) The Hebrew Bible offers countless examples of how God intends a compassionate and caring attitude toward animals, our health, and the health of the planet. This attitude, as Richard Schwartz shows in his pioneering work now fully revised, has been a constant theme throughout Judaism to the present day.
Indeed, Judaism’s particular concern for tikkun olam, a healing of the world, has never been more urgent todayâ€”given the current state of world hunger, environmental degradation, and the horror of factory farms. Dr. Schwartz shows not only how Judaism is particularly well suited to solving these problems, but how doing so can revitalize one’s Jewish faith.
Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the College of Staten Island, New York. He is the author of Mathematics and Global Survival and Judaism and Global Survival. He lives in Staten Island, New York.
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