Health, Nutrition & Torah: Ki Teitzei

| August 18, 2010

The Text:

Deut. 23:25-26 When you come into your neighbor’s vineyard, then you may eat your fill of grapes at your own pleasure; but you shall not put any in your utensil.  When you come into the standing grain of your neighbor, then you may pluck the ears with your hand; but you shall not put a sickle to your neighbor’s standing grain.

The Context:

This portion contains a description of 72 commandments ranging in subject matter from roof railings and fair weights and measures to divorce, vows, parental guilt and charity.

What it Means for Advocates:

Host a hunger banquet at your synagogue or community center.  Invite guests to pre-register for a banquet.  As guests enter, they receive a ticket that places them at high, middle or low-income seating.  The 15% of people at the high-income table receive a scrumptious meal.  The 35% at the middle-income table help themselves to rice and beans. The remaining 50% help themselves only to rice and water  — the diet of more than half of the world’s population.  This banquet should also include time for participants to discuss the experience.  There are many more resources available about this type of event here.  The proceeds of your event should go to support anti-poverty and anti-hunger resources in your community.

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