We have published two haggadot for a vegetarian seder. A haggadah is the book Jewish people read at the seder, which is the ritual meal eaten on the Passover nights. Our first vegetarian haggadah is Haggadah for the Liberated Lamb. It is a poetic theology of creation and has been exhibited at Harvard University in an exhibit on food and politics, and is on exhibit at the Jewish Museum in New York.
Our second haggadah, Haggadah for the Vegetarian Family is a shorter version of Haggadah For The Liberated Lamb, and somewhat better suited for a family with young children. We receive many questions about what makes these vegetarian haggadot. The answer is complicated. It is embedded in a philosophy about the earth and animals with rituals and language that have been changed to accommodate this view.
Other vegetarian titles we have published is Judaism and Vegetarianism by Richard Schwartz. This book has been described as "the Bible" of the Jewish vegetarian movement.
A third important title is an anthology, Rabbis and Vegetarianism: An Evolving Tradition. Seventeen rabbis from every background discuss why the Jewish people should become vegetarians.
Another title is "A Boy, A Chicken, and The Lion of Judah: How Ari Became A Vegetarian." This is about an eight or nine year old boy who does not like to eat meat, but is afraid to hurt his mother's feelings and tell her this. It has been praised by many reviewers as a sensitive book which both adults and children should read. The book received the "Kind Writers Make Kind Readers Award" from The Fund for Animals as the best book of its kind in 1996.
A Jewish vegetarian cookbook is in the oven, and will be ready by late fall, 1996. Its title, The Jewish Vegetarian Year Cookbook is an important contribution to the development of vegetarianism among Jews.
It will be a vegan cookbook for the holidays.
We also have important booklets on Judaism, Vegetarianism, Animal Issues, Health, and Animal Research, and a calendar for children, called "My Time," which can be can be used in any year.
Finally, there is Judaism and Animal Rights: Classical and Contemporary Responses. This is an anthology of 41 articles by rabbis, doctors, veterinarians, philosophers, and activists on many aspects of the animal issues, and vegetarianism with respect to Judaism. It has received major reviews in important Jewish publications.
Roberta Kalechofsky has authored a collection of articles on all the above issues, called Autobiography of A Revolutionary and has written a philosophical poem, call The Sixth Day of Creation, which indicts vivisection as a major evil in this century.
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