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More Than 70 Rabbis Sign Vegan Declaration Urging Jews to Go Veg
By Rachel Krantz

In a truly menschy move, more than 70 rabbis from around the world and from across the spectrum of denominations have signed a declaration urging Jews to switch to a vegan diet. The new statement comes at a great time; Jewish people are observing the High Holy Days right now and are getting ready to fast on the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, this Saturday. They will break their fast with a huge meal on Saturday night—and there is no better way to ring in a new, more ethical year than with a feast that excludes all animal suffering.
 
Issued by the Jewish Vegetarian Society in Britain and the American group Jewish Veg, the declaration states:
 
“We, the undersigned rabbis, encourage our fellow Jews to transition toward animal-free, plant-based diets. This approach to sustenance is an expression of our shared Jewish values of compassion for animals, protection of the environment, and concern for our physical and spiritual well-being.”

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This Muslim Boy chooses to Celebrate EID Differently
By Altab Hossain

Eid is a test of one’s faith towards god.

You sacrifice eating from dawn to dusk. To show how strong your faith is. The point is to remind people of the need to be humble. Through the fast, you feel the hunger and remember poor people. You realize what it means to not have food. It brings you down to the ground.

At the end of the one month fast, you donate 4% of your money to poor people at the end of the fast. It isn’t just faith, but also charity. You celebrate observing the fast in the correct way it should be done.

After the prayers are said, you make friends with your enemies. You shed everything that’s between you two and hug that person, thereby finish any grudges and bad blood. It’s an overflow of emotions, and I end up feeling very light at the end of it. 

Eid is about sacrificing something you love the most. People buy animals and sacrifice in the name of God. I don’t see the connection at all. Read more

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Food: The Pathway to The Soul
By Pastor Robert Munro

Welcome to The Humanitarian Church! Our Mission is to introduce the Whole Food Plant Based Diet to impoverished, unhealthy communities throughout the world, to provide freedom from illness, oppression via dependency on the medical community, and cease the consumption of animal products to honor the commandment, “THOU SHALT NOT KILL.” 

On a regular basis, we drive up to the New England Produce Center in Chelsea Massachusetts, on the north side of Boston, and purchase several thousand pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. The Produce Companies that supply us with so much food, do so at dramatic discounts because they know we give the food away at no charge to so many families. We regularly buy 4,000 pounds,(two tons), of real food at very reasonable prices, less than half of what a supermarket charges, so how can we not buy everything we can carry? 

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The Interfaith Vegan Coalition Shines a Light on Ahimsa* and Veganism at the Parliament of World Religions
By Judy Carman

Publisher’s Note: The term Ahimsa is an important spiritual doctrine shared by Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. It literally means ‘non-injury’ and ‘non-killing’. It implies the total avoidance of harming of any kind of living creatures not only by deeds, but also by words and in thoughts.

Thanks to the hard work and donations of many people, In Defense of Animals’ Interfaith Vegan Coalition, co-founded by Lisa Levinson and myself had a well-received presence at the Parliament of World Religions.  The theme of the Parliament was “The power of love and the promise of inclusion.”  Eight thousand people from around the world attended this historic event.  Plenaries, talks, and panels went on all day and into the evenings from November 1 to the 7th in Toronto, Canada.  We felt it was essential for the animals and the vegan message to be represented there and to reach as many people as we could.
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