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Written by PETA | April 2, 2010

Looking for a way to rebel against a Debbie Friedman–saturated childhood this Passover?

OK, as the daughter of a Hebrew school principal/music director, maybe it’s just me, but everyone should check out Jewish-vegan-reggae-rock-hip-hop artist Matisyahu, whose video for “One Day” was rated one of the 10 most inspiring videos on the Web.



In response to a suggestion that he put a shrimp on the barbie while he’s in Australia, Matisyahu recently tweeted, “Sorry babe [shrimp are] not kosher plus I went vegan.

The last time Matisyahu played in Norfolk, PETA delivered him a basket of vegan treats along with the video “If This Is Kosher…” narrated by Jonathan Safran Foer. The video shows footage from an investigation at Agriprocessors, the world’s largest kosher slaughterhouse.

This is the year I start a new Passover tradition by sending my dad a similar PETA gift basket, only with a Matisyahu CD and a card reading, “Beets Beat Brisket.” Leave a comment with your favorite compassionate Passover tradition (or a better slogan for my card)!

Written by Heather Drennan

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  • Chloe says:

    Kosher means nothing. The animals used for kosher meat still suffer so I don’t understand why there are still lots of Jews that eat it. Kosher animals suffer just as bad as nonkosher animals. I do like the fact that no butts organs and intestines are used in the process of the meat but if you have seen the videos of where Israel and America get there Kosher and NonKosher beef from than you’d probably think twice before eating either one. So kosher means nothing because in reality the animal slaughtering doesn’t follow the Jewish religious code they still touch the ground they still get diseases and they still suffer. I told a Jewish friend of mine and showed him the Kosher slaughterhouse videos from you guys PETA and he banned Kosher and NonKosher and went vegetarian like I. So leave all meat out of your diet!

  • Batya Seguin says:

    Awesome son and video. I used to be vegan. It is hard. I want to go back to it for sure. I am very surprised to see an orthodox vegan. That is almost unheard of. WOW Matisyahu you are even more awesome now!!!!

  • Pamela says:

    As a long time vegetarian Matisyahu fan and recent convert to Judaism I am really pleased to read this. Slowly working my way toward veganism…thanks for inspiring me!

  • Samantha says:

    Matisyahu is amazing and the fact that he’s vegan just makes me like him more. He can be an example for other musicians who haven’t yet seen “the light” and adopted a vegan diet. Yay for Jewish vegans haha

  • Rachel says:

    I have been listening to him for years. I didn’t know he was a vegan how awesome! One more reason to support such a wonderful artist.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    I will definitely check out this compassionate vegan artist !