Health, Nutrition & Torah: Pekudei

| March 10, 2010

The Text:

There are no direct references to hunger in this Torah portion.

The Context:

This Torah portion describes the conclusion of the building of the Tabernacle by Bezalel.  It details the amount of precious metals, and describes the priestly vestements first worn by Aaron.  Aaron and his sons are anointed as priests and Moses places the sets of tablets of the Ten Commandments into the special place created for them.  The Torah portion concludes with a description of God’s presence filling the space of the Tabernacle as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.

What it Means for Advocates:

Where was your shirt made?  When you make a clothing purchase, does the garment’s history play a factor?  Much of the clothing that is sold throughout the U.S. is manufactured in other countries without the strict regulations protecting the workers that exist here.  The AFL-CIO lists many organizations that promote sweat-free clothing, garments produced in factories where workers are ensured adequate safety conditions and appropriate compensation here.  The next time you go out to purchase a new garment, take note of where it was produced.  Consider buying something that is guaranteed to be sweat-free, even if it means paying a few extra dollars for it.

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