Akiva Gersh has been working in the field of Jewish and Israeli Education for over 20 years. Originally from New York, he moved to Israel in 2004 and from 2007-2020 taught Jewish History and Modern Israel at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. He has since taken his Israel education work online through his business @Israel, providing courses, classes and virtual tours about Israeli history, society and culture. Akiva also teaches extensively about the connection between Judaism, animal welfare and veganism and shares many of these teachings on his “Vegan Rabbi” pages on Facebook and Instagram. Akiva holds a BA in Religious Studies from Brown University, an MA in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University and rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Sulam Yaakov in Jerusalem. He and his wife Tamar live in Pardes Hanna with their four children.
Session title: Jewish Spiritual Reasons to be Vegan
Session description: Many people are choosing to be vegan today out of concern for the welfare of animals, the health of the environment as well as their own personal wellness. These are all very good reasons. In this workshop, however, we will explore another important, though rarely discussed, reason to stop eating animals: one’s own spiritual health and wellness. Looking at classic Jewish sources, mainly from Hasidut and Kabbalah, we will build a case for going vegan in our world today…for Jewish spiritual reasons. Tune in!
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