There is something truly special about setting positive goals during the High Jewish Holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah – or Jewish New Year – marks an important milestone for me: this is when I went vegan. Since Rosh Hashanah is a time to reflect and welcome change, I asked myself, “Why do we welcome some animals to our home, but condemn others to a life of suffering and death before they are served our plates?” and “Don’t other animals want to live like me?” In the days leading up to Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, which is usually celebrated with a 25-hour fast, I decided to help our fellow animals by not eating, wearing, or using them in any way.
Since I became vegan many Rosh Hashanahs ago, I remember our fellow animals during the High Holy Days – and there are many ways all can. Here are three ways to help animals during the Jewish New Year:
Make a vegan meal.
Dipping apples in honey is a classic Rosh Hashanah tradition of hope for a sweet New Year, but we don’t have to use honey from exploited bees to participate. Swap honey for something as sweet as maple syrup, agave nectar, brown rice syrup, or date syrup. if you are Indeed For a sweeter deal, get creative: Vegan chocolate sauce and vegan caramel are great additions to your Rosh Hashanah spread.
I personally believe that no Jewish dish is complete without challah and it is always best to prepare it at home! Whether you love to take it up a notch with raisins or vegan chocolate chips, or keep it classic, try PETA’s reliable vegan challah recipe.
If you are not going to eat matz ball soup on Jewish holidays, I don’t understand anything. Make your savory soup a vegetarian this year with the PETA recipe for perfectly fluffy matzo dumplings.
Reflect on arrogance.
During the High Holy Days, we are encouraged to take the time to introspect. One way to incorporate our fellow animals into this practice is to look at their complex inner lives, emotions, and relationships. Cows are deeply devoted to their young and mourn the loss of their loved ones, chickens pass on knowledge from generation to generation, mother pigs “sing” to their young during breastfeeding and all animals can get hurt. Sensitive cows, chickens, pigs, and others do not want to spend their lives devoid of important relationships and confined to cramped, filthy windowless sheds.
Introspection is important, and even better when we follow it with actions. Participate in PETA promotions to help animals suffering from experimentation, food, fashion and entertainment. Promise to go vegan and order this free PETA Vegan Starter Kit to get you started. There are countless ways to change the world for the better – for example, take PETA’s 3-week vegan contest…
Don’t start the Jewish New Year on a good note – keep going! If you want to join the millions of compassionate supporters who are helping PETA protect animals, consider making a kind donation:
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