A four-week window of Jewish holy days is approaching. I understand why we will spend more time in synagogue than usual. However, we will also spend more time at the dining room table. This isn’t a concession to human frailty; it is recognition of human greatness.
Ever since the start of our lives as babes suckling at our mothers’ breasts, eating provides us with not one, but two benefits. They are (i) physical nourishment and sustenance, and (ii) spiritual and emotional sustenance. The link between eating and emotion is well studied. Many of us have ‘comfort foods.’ Gloom and uncertainty are often banished by a meal that fills our heart as well as our stomach.
Have you ever wondered why so many young people nowadays suffer from eating disorders that were virtually unknown a generation or two ago? Surely the answer is the spiritual desert in which so many young people live. Eating disorders are more often treated by a psychologist than by a nutritionist because there is a powerful spiritual component to eating. In other words, food and faith go together.