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Episode 330: Dr. Ethan Ciment and Reflections on “The Jewish Vegan”

By Jasmin and Mariann — May 07, 2016
Ethan and his vegan dog Riley

Ethan and his vegan dog Riley

Welcome to the 330th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Dr. Ethan Ciment (half of Vegan Mos with husband Michael Suchman). As always, the award-winning, weekly Our Hen House podcast is hosted by us — Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan.

In today’s episode, we squawk about changing (or covering) the world with vegan cheese. Mariann raves about her wonderful animal law class (but not so much about grading for her animal law class), and we answer a great question from one of our long-time listeners. Jasmin updates us on book tour events in May and June. (Check out the details from her at

TheJewishVeganCoverOur guest Dr. Ethan Ciment takes a close and personal look at The Jewish Vegan, edited by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz. (We interviewed Rabbi Yanklowitz on Episode 303.) Although some of the essays may speak more to those who, like Ethan, were raised in the Orthodox Jewish tradition, the book is intended to be for everyone. The Jewish values of being compassionate, not wasting resources, and of working to repair the world are shared by most people, of course. This book could help all of us do better — in our advocacy and in our lives.


This episode is sponsored by A Well-Fed World. A Well-Fed World is a hunger relief and animal protection organization chipping away at two of the world’s most immense, unnecessary and unconscionable forms of suffering… the suffering of people hungry from lack of food, and the suffering of animals used and abused for food. Mending our unjust food system is a critical part of solving the world’s most destructive and persistent problems. Fortunately, the plant-based foods that promote health and well-being are the same foods that conserve resources to better feed the world, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the environment. A Well-Fed World provides the means for change by empowering individuals, social justice organizations, and political decision makers to embrace the benefits of plant-based foods and farming. Learn more at

All that, vegan banter, “Rising Anxieties,” and news, too!

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The Our Hen House theme song is written and sung by the incredible Michael Harren, who is also OHH’s Social Media Director! Special thanks to OHH’s Director of Operations, Anne Green, and to our audio editor, Eric Milano, of Love Loft Studios. Don’t forget to also tune into Our Hen House’s two other podcasts: The Teaching Jasmin How to Cook Vegan Podcast, and The Animal Law Podcast.

Let’s get squawking!

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