Health, Nutrition & Torah: Va’yetzei

| November 17, 2010

The Text:

Genesis 28:10-32:3 Jacob leaves his family, receiving his father’s birthright blessing (after conspiring with his mother).  Esau is angry that he was tricked and Jacob fears for his life.

Genesis 28:16 “Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘surely YHVH is present in this place, and I did not know it!”

The Context:

Making blessings over our food before and after meals welcomes God’s presence each time we eat.  Some also see this as a reason to keep kosher.  When a blessing is recited over food, or when someone examines if a food is kosher, they take an extra step to invite God’s presence into that moment.

What it Means for Advocates:

In your daily routine, where is there room to invite God’s presence?  How can reciting blessings help you become aware of the people who are hungry in your community?

What commitments to hunger can you integrate into your daily routine?

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