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Health, Nutrition & Torah: Tzav

| March 24, 2010

The Text: The Context: What it Means for Advocates: The Torah prohibits human consumption of blood four times.  Jewish tradition forbids the eating of blood.  Isaac Bashevis Singer, a vegetarian, wrote, “Early in my life I came to the conclusion that there was no basic difference between man and animals.  If a man has the Read More

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National Child Nutrition Seder in Washington DC

| March 17, 2010

Using one of the most evocative lines from the traditional Passover Seder – “Let all who are hungry come and eat” – the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and MAZON have re-contextualized the historical message of redemption from slavery with the modern struggle faced by hungry children across our country by creating the Child Read More

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Health, Nutrition & Torah: Vayikra

| March 17, 2010

The Text: “If your offering is a burnt offering from the herd you shall make your offering a male without blemish.” The Context: A person can offer a blemished animal, an animal that is unfit in the sight of God, but it does not disqualify the human who offers it.  The offering should be unblemished Read More

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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 Read More

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