Vegetarianism according to Isaac Bashevis Singer
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Singer was a prominent Jewish vegetarianHYPERLINK "/wiki/Jewish_vegetarianism"
for the last 35 years of
his life and often included vegetarian themes
in his works.
In his short story, The Slaughterer, he
described the anguish of an
appointed slaughterer trying to reconcile his
compassion for animals
with his job of killing them.
He felt that the
ingestion of meat was a
denial of all ideals and all religions:
"How can we speak of right and
justice if we take an innocent creature and
shed its blood?"
When asked if he had become a vegetarian for
health reasons, he replied: "I did it for the health of
In The Letter Writer, he wrote "In relation to
[animals], all people are Nazis; for the animals, it is
classical reference in the discussions about the
legitimacy of the comparison of animal exploitation
In the preface to Steven Rosen's "Food for
Spirit: Vegetarianism and
the World Religions" (1986), Singer wrote,
"When a human kills an
animal for food, he is neglecting his own
hunger for justice. Man prays
for mercy, but is unwilling to extend it to
others. Why should man then
expect mercy from God?
It's unfair to expect
something that you are not willing to give. It is
inconsistent. I can never accept inconsistency
or injustice. Even if it comes from God.
If there would come a voice
from God saying, "I'm against vegetarianism!" I
would say, "Well, I am for it!" This is how
strongly I feel in this regard."