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Kashrut traditions and the ethical dimensions of food consumption

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 9:32 am

Parshat Shemini, Leviticus 9:1–11:47

As a child, I didn’t think much about what I ate. I wasn’t concerned with the cost or nutritional value. I certainly never thought about the quality of the kashrut or about the ethical dimensions that were involved in bringing the food to my table. It wasn’t that I disregarded those concerns per se, I was just oblivious about them. When I began adhering to the Jewish traditions around food consumption, I experienced an awakening. Never before in my life had I applied so much self-restraint. When I was younger, I never paused to consider what I was eating; now I think about each bite as an opportunity to fulfill a moral imperative.

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