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From: Yoheved Friedland (
Subject: my reasons for becoming a vegan
Date: July 30, 2003 at 10:20 pm PST

After years of joining every type of animal rights organization and farm animal abuse organization, and torturing myself about the incredibly huge emphasis on meat, dairy, eggs, and fish in the Orthodox and traditional Jewish diet, I finally threw in the towel and decided not to eat any animal products for now. Actually, having an orthodox Jewish persuasion, I have decided not to eat any animal products until the Mashiach (Messiah) comes, and then I will only eat raw organic milk and honey in Israel, as my own celebration. Until then, and it might not happen in my lifetime, I have decided to give up animal products, particularly because this western culture has no kindness towards animals used in food, and I am disgusted at thinking that I have been eating all this pain all these years, which I am convinced has contributed to some very painful experiences. I have also tried to eat largely organic, and I have a large garden here in Florida, where I have about 30 papaya trees, two avocados that I grew from seed, a huge mango tree with the most delcious mangos ever, a fig tree, black berries, elderberries, mulberries, tomatoes in season, and some green pepper plants that are now fruiting. I mainly eat out of my garden, with pistascio nuts as my favourite protein food. This month, we are living on organic guacomole, and I have no need whatsoever to eat animal foods. My children have been raised on animal foods, mostly vegetarian, but relatives and friends give them barbeques, etc. and I mostly don't intervene, because they know what they get at home. It's a wonderful life, because I feel clean inside and painless, knowing that I am trying to prevent pain to animals by not including them in my diet, and knowing that, even if God hasn't intended us to be totally vegan, at least He understands me that I am going to be this way until the Moshiach comes. And then, I hope to own some happy goats in Israel, so I can have some raw goats milk with honey, fulfilling the prophesies of the Jews.

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