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Ask Izzy #1: Vegetarian dilemma

July 14, 2009 – 10:56 pm10 Comments


Traditionally in Jewish culture, knowledge and wisdom are passed down from the elders to the younger generation.  Together with a historically higher than average literacy rate, this has been one of the keys to Jewish success in education, business, and life learning.

At Galus Australis, we are concerned that our community has forgotten the importance of utilising the wisdom of our elders.  That’s why we’re doing something about it!  We’ve recruited a genuine Zaida, as well as a Tante, to answer any questions our readers might have.

So for those of you who have any questions on any topic whatsoever, please direct them to either Izzy (izzy@galusaustralis.com) or Bayla (bayla@galusaustralis.com), and they’ll be only too happy to tell you what to do. Or where to go.

Dear Izzy,

Ever since I became a vegetarian at 18 during my year away in Israel, I have tried to date only girls who are also vegetarian (or vegan).  However, lately I have been wondering if I am making a serious error in limiting myself to vegetarian girls.  On one hand, I think the relationship would be much easier when both parties have similar dietary restrictions, be it kashrut, vegetarianism, gluten-free, or lactose intolerance etc.  But on the other hand I wonder if limiting myself in this way makes me run the risk of missing out on meeting my soul mate.

What’s your advice?

Adam, 22, Caulfield, VIC

Dear Adam,

Vegetarian!  What, are you crazy?  What kind of mishega’as is this?

You don’t eat meat? So what do you eat?

Do your parents know you are a vegetarian? Are they upset?

My advice to you is start eating meat like a normal person.  Look, if you don’t want to listen to me, at least try just a little piece of meat – you never know, you might like it.  It’s not going to kill you.

Zay Gezint.

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