January 29, 2018
Melissa Amster • The Jewish Food Experience
What kind of connection does food have to the Torah, aside from the laws of kashrut? Diana Lipton explored this concept in the book From Forbidden Fruit to Milk and Honey: A Commentary on Food in the Torah, where she worked with a team of 52 internationally acclaimed scholars to write essays on each parasha (Torah portion) and how food Read the rest of this entry »
January 21, 2018
Dr. Israel Drazin • The Blogs: The Times of Israel
Michael Kaufman’s “Am I My Body’s Keeper?” is an important lifesaving book. He states that the Bible tells people to exercise and do other acts to assure their health. God did not create humans to sit and deteriorate.
The book is easy to read. It focuses on the Jewish view toward taking care of our bodies, but the information and ideas in the book are valuable for people of all religions. Kaufman quotes the sage Chafetz Chaim (1839-1933) who wrote “The entire Torah is dependent upon Read the rest of this entry »
January 4, 2018
Rabbi Ari Enkin • Torah Book Reviews
There is nothing worse for our bodies than…food. Yes, between the additives and preservatives, combined with the inexcusably large portions which we eat –that our bodies do not need or want– we are literally destroying our health one meal at a time.
Add to this equation the fact that we are Orthodox Jews, making the situation even more alarming. We can’t get away from food. Whether it’s pat shacharit, three meals on Shabbos, Melaveh Malka, a vort, a bris, a wedding, a l’chaim, a Kiddush, a Friday “to’amei’ah” session, or a yartzeit tikkun, we are seemingly trapped into eating. And here’s my favorite: “I’m not sure if I had a kezayis, so please pass me some more [fill in a carbohydrate and fat saturated food] so that I can be sure I can say a bracha achronal…” And I didn’t even comment on the near total disinterest and disregard for exercise in the Orthodox community. (“…because it’s bittul Torah”)
As one who has lost about 50 pounds over the last number of years, I was extremely excited to get my hands on “Am I My Body’s Keeper?” Read the rest of this entry »
January 2, 2018
Diana Lipton • The Times of Israel
Food is at the heart of Jewish life and culture, the subject of many recent studies — popular and academic — and countless Jewish jokes. From Forbidden Fruit to Milk and Honey: A Commentary on Food in the Torah spotlights food in the Torah, where it’s used to explore such themes as love and compassion, commitment, character, justice, belonging and exclusion, deception, and life and death. Originally created as an online project to support the innovative food rescue charity, Leket Israel, From Forbidden Fruit to Milk and Honey comprises short essays on food and eating in the parasha by 52 internationally acclaimed scholars and Jewish educators, as well as my commentary. Proceeds from sales of this book will go to Leket Israel, Israel’s national food bank.
The Torah offers a variety of ways to internalize its words. We can hear Read the rest of this entry »