The Vegetarian at Passover

Vegetarian Seder Plate

Vegetarian Seder Plate

What’s a vegetarian to do with a religious holiday ritual that involves a shank bone? There appears to be good authority that eating meat at Passover is not mandatory. According to Rabbi J. David Bleich, “Jewish tradition does not command carnivorous behavior…” See Vegetarianism and Judaism, TRADITION, Summer 1987, at 86.

For further guidance from Shomrei Adamah, a group of Jewish environmentalists (the name means “Guardians of the Earth”), see here. Pesach is a story of freedom from oppression. The animal rights movement is, too.

-Bridget Crawford

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