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  The Beet-Eating Heeb - The Beet-Eating Heeb is a blog for Jewish vegetarians, Jewish vegans, and all Jews whose concerns about food are not limited to how it tastes. The blog will feature:

•A serious examination of what the Torah has to say about food. The laws of kashrut matter, but there is much more.
•A curating and analysis of news about relevant food issues. The Beet-Eating Heeb spent 18 years in journalism, so he knows how to spot a good story, presumably.
•Interviews with rabbis, food experts, activists, vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians, pescatarians and carnivores. But BEH draws the line at freegans. (Google it. You’ll understand.)

This blog is not affiliated with Heeb Magazine.

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LB7R_Beet_Eating_Heeb_icon.jpg How Do Jews Bless Meat? by thebeeteatingheeb
The Beet-Eating Heeb was asked recently if there is a Jewish blessing for kale. Yes, there is, and it’s the same blessing we recite for all vegetables: That translates as: Blessed are You, Lord our...
7IKX_Beet_Eating_Heeb_icon.jpg Lamb’s Blood Aside, Passover is a Vegan-Friendly Holiday by thebeeteatingheeb
You might assume that The Beet-Eating Heeb dreads Passover. After all, the very name of the holiday relates to the smearing of lamb’s blood on the doorposts of the Hebrews. Ew. It would be one thin...
4NH8_Steve_and_Esther.png This Purim, Meet the New Esther, a Mystical Savior for Our Times by thebeeteatingheeb
The Jewish holiday of Purim is about to make its annual appearance, as it has for the last two millenia or so. But this year, it will assume special significance. For Jews who need a quick refreshe...
9YT2_Soglowek.png Hey American Rabbis: Wake Up and Smell the Cruelty by thebeeteatingheeb
From their perch in America, many Diaspora Jews look at the Orthodox Rabbinate in Israel as a bunch of Neanderthals who use clubs to beat back any modern innovation or progressive idea. No offense ...
A measure of how we treat God's covenant with animals. God's Forgotten Covenant by thebeeteatingheeb
Jews around the world this week are reading the story of Noah in Genesis 9. (Was he the one who first said, “When it rains, it pours”?) Ironically, while most people associate this story with the s...
Quail. Ew. When God Killed the Meat-Eaters by thebeeteatingheeb
One of the most dramatic and meaningful stories in the Torah is read this week in synagogues around the world. It is a food-related story and it merits our attention, yet it is seldom discussed. Or...
6N6O_lisa_turkey.jpg Religion and Animals: What Does One Have to Say About the Other? by thebeeteatingheeb
Quick now: How many vegans can you name who live in Southeastern Montana, where cattle outnumber people by a ratio of about 100-to-1? (Conservative estimate.) Think that’s tough. Try this one: How ...
78IA_lucky_ones.jpg Farm-Animal Sanctuaries: Where the Torah Comes to Life by thebeeteatingheeb
The Beet-Eating Heeb might be inclined to say that bloggers are the most valuable members of the vegan-advocacy movement. OK, so he is a little biased. But he is willing to say that farm-animal san...
G5QU_OU_article.JPG When Rabbis Attack! by thebeeteatingheeb
One sure sign that the veg movement is a growing force among Jews is the backlash we’re seeing from certain highly placed but sadly misguided rabbis. This backlash can be traced at least as far bac...
Phototography was not permitted at the slaughter. But the goat looked something like this. Witness to a Goat Killing -- A Sad Encounter with Kosher Slaughter by thebeeteatingheeb
It takes a lot to make The Beet-Eating Heeb cry. He can chop onions and watch Brian’s Song , simultaneously, with dry eyes. But he shed a tear last week at the Hazon Food Conference. What caused th...