Eco-Kosher Jews Aim for Sustainable Sabbath

Culinary consciousness 'gives taste to the text we study': advocate
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2009 9:52 AM CDT
Growing numbers of Jews are choosing to express their values through the food they put on their tables.   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – A new wave of “eco-kosher” Jews treats environmentalism as law, the Los Angeles Times reports. To strengthen their ties to their faith, culinarily conscious believers are hosting sustainable Sabbath dinners using homemade, locally grown foods. “Jewish tradition should heighten our awareness of the choices we’re making,” said one devotee. Another noted, “It gives taste to the text we study.”

Presbyterians and Unitarians have launched similar initiatives to make their tables greener. A group of rabbis has even developed an FDA-style certification for kosher manufacturers. “When we go through this very long process of preparation, we become more at one with creation,” said an advocate. “We stop taking God’s gifts for granted. For me, that’s what Judaism is all about.” (Read more Jews stories.)