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E-MAIL COURSE                                    "Judaism and Vegetarianism"                    Professor Richard Schwartz will be teaching this course
using email through the
"Virtual Yeshiva" (

The course outline is:   

1. A Vegetarian View of the Torah                             
2. Judaism, Vegetarianism and Health                         
3. Judaism, Vegetarianism and Animals                     
4. Judaism, Vegetarianism and Ecology                     
5. Judaism, Vegetarianism and Hunger                       
6. Judaism, Vegetarianism and Peace                         
7. Vegetarian Connections to Jewish Holidays             
8. Involving the Jewish Community re Vegetarianism
9. Related Issues - Fur, Vivisection 
10. Summary; Next Steps; Responses to Questions.     

Each week material on the topic of the week will be sent out to each registered participant. While the focus of the course is "Judaism and Vegetarianism", participants will gain knowledge of basic Jewish teachings and general information related to animals, health and nutrition, ecology, resource usage, and hunger, as well as information about Jewish festivals. It is hoped that some of the "graduates" will speak in their local areas and perhaps that a "Speakers' bureau" will be set up to help spread the Jewish vegetarian message throughout the US and beyond. All questions that come up will be seriously considered and discussed. If necessary, there will be consultations with rabbis and reviews of internet resources and other sources to get the most complete picture possible. To register, people should contact the "Virtual Yeshiva" at or
The cost of the course is $100.
Richard Schwartz is the author of Judaism and Vegetarianism and Judaism and Global Survival and over 70 vegetarian-related articles and book reviews on the internet at the "Virtual Yeshiva." He recently led a campaign to get material on Judaism and vegetarianism to over 3,500 North American congregational rabbis. Richard H. Schwartz Professor, Mathematics College of Staten Island 2800 Victory Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10314 USA (718) 982-3621 Email address:                                                                                           
While being non sectarian VSSJ believes that this course would give us an added avenue to spread the vegetarian philosophy. We would like to sponsor one participant for this course. If you would like to be considered please contact us with details on how you would use this knowledge to increase the awareness of vegetarianism. Email us at


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