Thursday, April 12, 2018

Shabbat Around the Table -- Shemini

In Shemini, we learn the laws of kashrut, or the kosher laws. While some view these laws as needlessly complicated, I think they're rather simple: there are certain kinds of meat we don't eat, the meat we eat must be slaughtered in a certain (humane) way, and we don't mix the food of life (dairy) with the food of death (meat).

Whether your family keeps kosher or not, or whether you're vegetarian or vegan, I think it's important to take time before each meal and be thankful for it. Of course, Jewish tradition provides a way. See below for the various Jewish blessings for food. Note that foods are categorized based on how the food grows. B'tayavon! (Bon Appetit!)

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