Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog

Israeli rabbi
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Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog (3 December 188825 July 1959), also known as "Isaac Herzog", was the first Chief Rabbi of Ireland, his term lasting from 1921 to 1936. From 1937 until his death in 1959, he was Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of the British Mandate of Palestine and of Israel after its independence in 1948. His son was Chaim Herzog.


  • Jews will move increasingly to vegetarianism out of their own deepening knowledge of what their tradition commands as they understand it in this age.
    • Quoted in James V. Parker, Animal Minds, Animal Souls, Animal Rights, University Press of America, 2010, p. 98.
  • Man's carnivorous nature is not taken for granted or praised in the fundamental teachings of Judaism. The rabbis of the Talmud told that men were vegetarians in earliest times, between Creation and the generation of Noah... Judaism as a religion offers the option of eating animal flesh, and most Jews do, but in our own country... a whole galaxy of central rabbinic and spiritual leaders... has been affirming vegetarianism as the ultimate meaning of Jewish moral teaching. They have been proclaiming the autonomy of all living creatures as the value which our religious tradition must now teach to all of its believers...
    • Quoted in The Animals' Agenda, Volume 9, Animal Rights Network, 1989, p. 32.

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