Meet and Greet The Beet-Eating Heeb

The Beet-Eating Heeb is here to save the day! Or at least to fill a void.

Blogs devoted to vegan and vegetarian Judaism have all but vanished.


Heeb ‘n’ Vegan, once a thriving place in cyberspace, hung an “out-of-business” sign on its door in 2010.

Shalom Veg, another favorite of meat-abstaining Jews, recently went three months without posting new content.

The last thing the world needs is another blog. Except in this case.

As interest in all things vegan and vegetarian continues to grow, the Beet-Eating Heeb (BEH for short) has plenty of information to share, issues to discuss, and people to interview.

BEH has ambitious plans for this site. In fact, he originally named this blog “The Ambitious Beet-Eating Heeb.” But Wife of BEH astutely noted that “Beet-Eating Heeb” is hard enough to say.

So what is so ambitious about this blog? Here is some of what you can expect to find here in the weeks and months ahead:

  • A serious examination of what the Torah has to say about food. The laws of kashrut matter, but there is much more.
  • A curating and analysis of news about relevant food issues. The Beet-Eating Heeb spent 18 years in journalism, so he knows how to spot a good story, presumably.
  • Interviews with rabbis, food experts, activists, vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians, pescatarians and carnivores. But BEH draws the line at freegans. (Google it. You’ll understand.)
  • A dose of humor. While the consequences of industrial food production are rather sobering, The Beet-Eating Heeb still enjoys a chuckle as much as the next beet-eating guy.
  • Most importantly, a sense of community. At least that’s what the Beet-Eating Heeb hopes to create. He sees this as a site where people can find fellow travelers on our shared road to spiritual and physical health, environmental conservation, and animal welfare.

BEH is a busy guy, what with a day job, a family, and even a grad-school class. But there is so much to talk about, so much to digest (pun intended), and so much at stake, he is committed to posting at least once every two weeks.

He hopes to see you then.

About The Beet-Eating Heeb

I'm a meat-abstaining Jew who believes our religion commands us to treat our bodies with care, to treat animals with compassion, and to treat our planet like it's the only one we've got.

Posted on February 12, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I apologize if you don’t like my posts, but I am responding to what you wanted to do which is: A serious examination of what the Torah has to say about food. I am giving you serious consideration since this was the first blog that seemed to want to look for the truth. It seems you don’t want a “serious examination” rather you want to be right regardless of what the Torah really says. I hope you can consider yourself open minded.

    • If The Beet-Eating Heeb weren’t open-minded, he wouldn’t be a vegan. BEH used to be a closed-minded, willfully ignorant meat eater. Only by opening his mind and accepting what the “Torah really says” could BEH have made such a major change in his life.

      Jews can find in the Talmud support for virtually any position on real-world issues.

      BEH’s intentions are not to selectively quote the Talmud to buttress preconceived notions, but to examine what our Torah actually says.

  2. fred k9 vegan

    We do need a good blog, especially when one brings up such salient points as HSUS & the egg industry trying to unite, as odd as it is (and it is). I see what HSUS may be trying to do (even if they are thought of as ‘extreme’, which is very curious, what does that make ALF or Peta?) but should they not hold a higher thought and try for the total abolishment? Oh, right, money is at stake, It won’t happen. In any event, please keep the blog going, and tell the wife of BEH it’s not that hard to say, just think the age old expression ‘fe’ (heavy emphasis), and it will bring another smile to your face. That’s what happened to me when I saw the name Beet Eating Heeb – brought a smile to what was once a much used and loathed derogautory (sp?) term. Keep at it, please! And thank you!

  3. While Freeganism isn’t what you do for your entire life, it is wonderfully romantic way to live for a period in your life. I have dumpstered food with freegans. It’s quite fun as a social activity! You should be more open to it.

  4. Welcome to the blogosphere!

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