Health, Nutrition & Torah: Nitzavim

| September 1, 2010

The Text:

Isaiah 62:8-10 8. The Eternal has sworn by God’s right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give your grain to be food for your enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink your wine, for which you have labored;  But those who have gathered it shall eat it and praise the Eternal; and those who have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my sanctuary. Go through, go through the gates; prepare the way of the people; build up, build up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.

The Context:

This is a continuation of Moses’ speech to the Israelites prior to their entrance to the land. Moses tells the people that the covenant God is making is with them and all future generations in fulfillment of the promise made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  When confronted with a choice between life and death, the Israelites are always to choose life!

What it Means for Advocates:

Remember potluck meals?  This Isaiah text suggests that those who work together to produce from the land will join together and consume the goods and praise God in the Temple in Jerusalem.  Why might this be significant to Isaiah, a prophet who forsees the Temple’s destruction?

During times of conflict between nations, is it possible to ensure adequate access to food and water for innocent civilians?  Do the research!  Find organizations that simultaneously support the U.S. Armed Forces and also seek to find ways to protect civilians from the damages of war.

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