KEDOSHIM — It is difficult in our society to have a sense of respect and acceptance for our own bodies with all their inherent differences. Women especially are often held to impossible standards when it comes to body weight. Eating disorders abound, mostly for girls, but also amongst boys. Boys and girls, men and women, become obsessive about weight and appearance, and the importance of bodily appearance can, unfortunately, overshadow other life interests and relationships. In this Torah portion, there is a law against making gashes in one’s flesh and also against tattooing oneself. We are commanded to be holy, and one...Read More
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ACHARAY MOT — When we think about food, it has become popular to ask: “Do you live to eat or do you eat to live?” Our feelings about food and the choices we make around eating have the ability to say a lot about who we are as people. This week’s Torah portion, Acharay Mot, contains many rules about the food we eat which are incorporated into our modern system of keeping kosher. There are rules about the types of foods we eat, about how we prepare those foods, and even about when we eat them. This week’s text...Read More
SHEMINI — We all eat and need to feed our families. But how we do so involves many small decisions. Think about being in a supermarket. We all make many decisions there concerning the food we buy. We are inundated by products and need to make decisions based on various factors such as healthfulness or what’s appealing to our family. In this week’s Torah portion we are told very specifically that we can not eat whatever we want whenever we want. Discipline, in Judaism, is an important part of eating. According to the Torah, following the discipline of what we can eat and what...Read More
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