Biblical scholars agree, and according to food writer Paola Gavin, the modern Jewish diet can be as well.
SHIRA FEDER: ‘When it comes to the history of vegetarianism, Jews have been swearing off meat for a very long time. “See, I give you every seed-bearing plant that is upon all the earth, and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit; they shall be yours for food,” it is written in Genesis 1:29. Many scholars take this to mean that the ideal Jewish diet is meant to be vegetarian.
In fact, the biblical commentator Rashi wrote that God “ did not permit Adam to kill any creature and to eat its flesh, but all alike were to eat herbs.” The diet in Eden was vegetarian, biblical scholars agree, and according to food writer Paola Gavin, the modern Jewish diet can be as well.
Gavin took a quest through the annals of Jewish vegetarian history, a quest that traversed twenty countries and resulted in 140 recipes, all compiled together in the form of her new cookbook, Hazana: Jewish Vegetarian Cooking… I interviewed Paola Gavin about the history of Jewish food culture, ancient Jewish vegetarian sects and whether Jewish food can survive without chicken soup’. SOURCE…