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How is kosher spiritual? The food seems so unhealthy and unrefined!

by Mrs. Dinka Kumer


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If "Kosher" means having cream cheese and lox for breakfast, Cholent with kishke for lunch, and schwarma and falafel for dinner, then this would not be the most healthful diet to choose on a daily basis. Fortunately, these foods have little to do with living a kosher lifestyle, but rather are some of the existing traditional Jewish foods. (And traditional Jewish foods are not always kosher, by the way—always check for certification!) Ideally, one should choose to eat a kosher, healthy and balanced diet that, when appropriate, can include these not-always-so-low-in-calories traditional foods. G-d does want us to keep our bodies healthy, as He commanded us "you must carefully preserve the soul," which includes making healthy lifestyle choices.

OK, we should be kosher and healthy, but what about spirituality? The fact is that any food or drink we consume almost immediately becomes part of our flesh and blood. Once a food is incorporated into our body, it also has a spiritual affect upon us. Eating foods that are kosher heighten our spiritual awareness. We are more in tune with the G-dly soul within ourselves and G-d's Presence in the world around us. We are more inclined to think, speak, and act in a way that reflects an affinity for true spirituality. A person who holds high standards of eating kosher food also positively influences his or her emotions becoming even more spiritually refined, and less emotionally swayed, impulsive and coarse. In contrast, non-kosher prohibited foods dull the heart and mind to spirituality. They make it difficult for a person to grasp spiritual concepts and block the ability to make proper and holy decisions, even ones that should be blatantly obvious! Non-kosher foods clog up spiritual "arteries." Be a soul friend to yourself and eat kosher.


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Mitzvot » Kosher » About

Literally means "fit." Commonly used to describe foods which are permitted by Jewish dietary laws, but is also used to describe religious articles (such as a Torah scroll or Sukkah) which meet the requirements of Jewish law.
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.
A stewed (usually meat) dish served hot on Shabbat afternoon. Since it is forbidden to cook or warm up food on Shabbat, the cholent sits on the stove-top from before sundown Friday evening.