Health, Nutrition & Torah: Tetzaveh

| February 24, 2010

Courtesy Alexander Smolianitski (http://flickr.com/photos/smolianitski/)

Courtesy Alexander Smolianitski (http://flickr.com/photos/smolianitski/)

The Text:
Exodus 29:31-34 You shall take the ram of ordination and boil its flesh in the sacred precinct; and Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram, and the bread that is in the basket, at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.  These things shall be eaten only by those for whom expiation was made with them when they were ordained and consecrated; they may not be eaten by a layperson, for they are holy.  And if any of the flesh of ordination, or any of the bread, is left until morning, you shall put what is left to the fire; it shall not be eaten, for it is holy.

The Context:
The construction of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, plan is described.  In this portion specifically the construction of the ner tamid, the eternal light and the priestly garments are depicted.

What it Means for Advocates:
Most states have regulations requiring that all prepared foods be consumed or discarded within a specified number of hours. Tons of food are wasted everyday. This is particularly tragic since federal legislation, The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, protects donors from liability for food and grocery donations.

Think about joining together with your synagogue, community center, chavurah, or office team and volunteer yourselves to a few local restaurants to deliver their food that must be discarded to local organizations that can use it!

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