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Health, Nutrition & Torah: Ki Tisa

| March 3, 2010

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

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

The Text:
Exodus 34:26  The choice first fruits of your soil you shall bring to the house of your Eternal God.  You shall not boil a kid in its mother’s milk.

The Context:
God instructs Moses to collect a half shekel tax from each individual.  A specific individual is selected to become the craftsperson of the Tabernacle, Bezalel is named.  The Israelites can no longer wait patiently for Moses who has been on Mount Sinai for some time.  Turning to the worship then knew in Egypt, the construct a golden calf constructed by Aaron at the behest of the people.  Moses learns of this as he makes his way down Mount Sinai and he smashes the tablets with the Ten Commandments upon them.

What it Means for Advocates:
The Jewish community is affected by hunger and poverty, too. Many cities have Kosher food banks, funded through organizations like MAZON and Jewish Family Services, which specifically target the needs of Jews who strictly keep kosher including separating their milk products from meat. Find a kosher food bank in your area. Sign up to volunteer once a month.  Perhaps instead of receiving a host or hostess gift at Shabbat and holiday meals you might encourage your guests to make donations or donate bags of non-perishable kosher food items to one of these specific banks.

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