Hanukkah is a time for festivities and gathering around a table to eat delicious food. Also known as the Festival of Lights or the Feast of Dedication, it celebrates the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. It’s also a holiday of miracles, when a small amount of oil that should have lasted only one day burned for eight days.

Because of this miracle, it’s traditional to eat fried foods like potato latkes or sufganiyot (donuts filled with jelly). It’s also a time to extend compassion to animals. The Jewish concept of tsa’ar ba’alei chayim bans causing unnecessary suffering to animals. Since ALL animals feel pain just like our dogs and cats at home do, make sure you have a compassionate, vegan, Hanukkah and celebrate with friends and family.

For Yourself

Kicking the meat habit will reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other chronic diseases that disable then kill 1.3 million Americans annually.

For Your Children

Kicking the meat habit will help preserve topsoil, water, and all other food production resources that are vital for the future of your children and their children.

For The Animals

Kicking the meat habit saves thousands of turkeys, pigs, chickens, cows and other innocent, sentient animals from the severe confinement of factory farms and the horrors of slaughterhouses.

For The Planet

Kicking the meat habit will help preserve forests, wetlands, and other wildlife habitats and reduce pollution of waterways by animal waste and cropland runoff.

Hanukkah is the perfect opportunity to share a compassionate meal with friends and family, but also with other vegans looking for a cruelty-free celebration.

Want more? Check out Jewish Veg! Inspiring and assisting Jews to embrace plant-based diets as an expression of Jewish values.