The Parsha Discussion: Ekev — The Power of a Blessing

Posted by Alex Israel on August 1, 2018
Topics: The Parsha Discussion, Ekev, Devarim (Deuteronomy)

I have never experienced a day of real hunger in my life. Have you? We are surrounded by such an abundance of food that we are the generation who are trying to eat less; not more.

In a 2016 report, the Guardian reported that 60 million tons of food is wasted annually by retailers and consumers ($160bn), about a third of all foodstuffs; and much of it is discarded because it doesn’t conform to the aesthetic standards that stores and consumers want. How can we learn to deeply appreciate food more?

This week, the Torah teaches us that our relationship with food should generate a greater mindfulness, and an attitude of humility and appreciation. We read about the contrast between the wilderness and Eretz Yisrael…

Click here to read more from Rabbi Alex Israel in this week’s Parsha Discussion on Ekev: The Power of a Blessing.

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About Alex Israel

Alex teaches Bible at Pardes and is the Director of the Community Education Program and the Summer Program. Alex was born and raised in London. He holds degrees from London School of Economics, the Institute of Education London and Bar-Ilan University. Alex studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion under Rav Aharon Lichtenstein and Rav Yehudah Amital, and gained Rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Rabbinate. Click here to read more.

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