Kabbalah of Food

kabbalah of food“The Kabbalah of Food” unearths Jewish wisdom on the art of receiving health and sustenance through conscious eating. Rabbi Bonder teaches about creating a healthy exchange between ourselves and our environment. The rabbi draws on parables and teachings of the Talmudic sages and Hasidic masters and examines a well-known authoritative text of Jewish Law, the “Shulhan Aruch”, for its practical insights.

The Jewish preoccupation with nourishment, diets, and the enjoyment of eating is often a source of humor. But nourishment is more than just food in the Jewish tradition: our eating habits determine how we are nourished on many levels, not just the physical. In this third volume of his trilogy, Rabbi Bonder teaches us about creating a healthy exhcnage between ourselves and our environment. The discussion includes:

• how to eat consciously, with ecological and political awareness

• how to connect with the energetic essence of our food

• how to avoid becoming overweight—in the emotional, spiritual, and moral as well as physical sense

• the inner meaning of religious customs and laws concerning food and eating

Rabbi Bonder draws on parables and teachings of the Talmudic sages and Hasidic masters and examines a well-known text of Jewish law, the Shulhan Arukh, for its practical insights into diet and other concerns of daily life.

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    Book Review
    By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

    The Kabbalah of Food
    Conscious Eating for Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Health
    Nilton Bonder
    Shambhala 04/98

    Read a spiritual exercise on justice.

    This is the third and final book by Brazilian Rabbi Nilton Bonder in a series (The Kabbalah of Money, The Kabbalah of Envy) on the talmudic saying that a person’s character can be judged by “his cup, his pocket, and his anger.” The author explains that we feel the presence of God in our hearts while eating and drinking. The Great Banquet has already begun and it behooves us to eat consciously so that we are in harmony with the universe. Obesity is not just a physical problem; there is also an ecological and a political kind of obesity. Hence the choices we make about diet and exercise are moral ones; they are part and parcel of our spiritual practice.

    Those who eat “to prove something, to express something, to avoid something, to control something, to repress something” are going to suffer the consequences with a life of imbalance. The Hasidic masters offer strategies other than food to satisfy emotional, mental, and spiritual hungers. Bonder presents Jewish wisdom on fasting, vegetarianism, blessings after a meal, the dishonoring of food by wasting it, the importance of fitness in each of the four worlds described by the Kabbalah, and the ways any exploitation of workers introduces a contaminating element into the food chain. The Kabbalah of Food by Nilton Bonder is a work of astonishing depth, profundity, and practicality; it makes conscious eating into an ecological act of spiritual worship.

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