Feeding others, not only physically but also emotionally, is a key tenet in Zen philosophy. Zen monks spend a substantial amount of their day cooking because it helps them practice mindfulness, service to others, and patience.
In this week's Torah portion of Re'eh (Deuteronomy, Chapter 14), Moses recounts the laws of Kashrut (laws of keeping kosher). This begs the question: "Why keep kosher?" To learn the answer -- watch the video!
Chef José Edgardo Soto has been cooking for more than 20 years in some of New York City's finest restaurants. The one thing he had never done in his career before taking on Basil restaurant in Crown Heights is cooking kosher.
Even though we belong to the Reform Movement and the camp our son attends is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, we keep a stricter level of kosher, one which calls for meat being ritually slaughtered according to Jewish law.
Food is now largely produced by huge corporate, industrialized farms hundreds or thousands of miles away from consumers. As our relationship to food dramatically changes, faith traditions are speaking up.
Drawing on deep Jewish religious traditions and values, the Jewish Food Movement is inspiring a new generation of Jews to lead lives of faith, justice, environmentalism, and community through their food.