Food & Eating
Latkes on Chanukah… Cheesecake on Shavuot… Matzah on Pesach... Apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah… What are you really hungry for?
The pleasure lasts about five seconds, from when morsel hits palate until it journeys down into your life force. And yet this experience captivates our senses and our emotions. Why? Eating and drinking seems to be highly coarse and insensitive – consuming another living organism just for your fleeting pleasure? How is this delicious, holy, or kosher? For what exactly are we thirsting and in what does our hunger truly lie? Gastronomy may be more than a sum of ingredients.
The Talmud points to the relationship between the soul and the body as a model for the nature of G-d’s relationship with the world. The soul cannot be perceived by the senses, yet its presence and effect is keenly felt in every part of the body; so too, G-d, though He transcends our reality and is utterly beyond its perception, vitalizes the entirety of creation and is fully present in its every nook and cranny. Food is the glue that keeps soul and body together, sustaining the embodiment of the spirit within its material shell.Read More
Jews have a unique relationship with food. It goes beyond bagels and kishke. Get a unique spiritual perspective on the Jewish relationship with food from Rabbi Simon Jacobson.Read More