By Jennifer Krause

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, 2000

The author asks how, in a time when so many of us are fortunate to have an infinite number of meal choices on any day of the week, are we to create the boundaries that will keep us connected to the sanctity and the responsibilities of eating. She argues that while most of us do not become part of the food process until it arrives in our home and thus are unaware of its origins, we must not allow ourselves to opt out of food's journey from earth to table just because we can. Rather, the author encourages her readers to factor themselves back into the equation and ask if their local grocery donates surplus food to pantries, among other questions. She concludes that the act of asking enables us to open our eyes to the fact that eating is never just eating and instead is a connection to people, sources and forces both seen and unseen, and is a blessing for us that should not be a curse for others.

Topic: Morality, Media, Food, Ethics, Jewish Text, Modernity, Values

Name of Publication: CLAL Politics and Policy Archive

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Genre: Opinion

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Krause, Jennifer. Sacrifices. CLAL Politics and Policy Archive. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 2000:


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