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The Sacred Table: Ethical Food Choices and Options

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2012.

You will eat, you will be satisfied, and you will bless upon the good land that God has given you (Deut. 8:10)

Eating is one of those ordinary experiences which Jewish observance makes holy. Traditionally, we bracket our eating with blessings before and after, for the food and for the satisfaction which the food has given. Even those Jews who do not observe Jewish dietary laws are conscious of the fact that in the book of Leviticus, the mixing of meat with milk is forbidden and certain meats are forbidden altogether as food.

We need food to survive. Food can also be a way of expressing love. It can be the object of addiction or of simple pleasure. Beyond the issue of Jewish dietary law, what ethical issues come up for the Jew who wishes to be a true mensch?

In this class we will use the essays in the collection The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic (ed. Mary L. Zamore, CCAR Press) as food for thought as we chew on the meaning and implications of our choices. Bon apetit!


# Sessions
Date & time

Wednesdays, April 11 - April 25
10:00 - 11:30 am

$30 for the public
$18 for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Apr 11 10:00 AM–11:30 AM Wed Temple Sinai Rabbi Ruth Adar
Apr 18 10:00 AM–11:30 AM Wed Temple Sinai Rabbi Ruth Adar
Apr 25 10:00 AM–11:30 AM Wed Temple Sinai Rabbi Ruth Adar


Temple Sinai

2808 Summit Street

Oakland, CA 94609



Rabbi Ruth Adar

Rabbi Ruth Adar Rabbi Ruth Adar loves teaching "Intro," partly because she was once an Intro student herself. Currently Rabbi Adar is the "Coffee Shop Rabbi" teaching unaffiliated Jews in informal spaces all over the East Bay. Rabbi Adar attended Hebrew Union College, receiving ordination in May, 2008. She holds an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Tennessee. She recently published an article in Reform Jewish Quarterly, "Ethical Priorities in Giving Tzedakah."