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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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7G7T_calf__with_caption.png When the Famous Rabbi Met the Frightened Calf by thebeeteatingheeb
If you have ever heard of the Talmud, chances are the mere mention of the word causes your eyes to glaze over. Most people think of it as a vast compendium of hair-splitting arguments about arcane ...
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The Beet-Eating Heeb is back after a long layoff, tan and well-rested. OK, purple and over-worked. So what provoked BEH to start writing again? This:  http://nyti.ms/1AGgtZw That is a link to the m...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...