The Japanese Tea Ceremony or “Way of Tea” is a well-known ritual. Not so well-known are the requirements for preparing tea and coffee on the Sabbath if you are an Orthodox Jew. A number of years ago I lived in an Orthodox
I like food, plant food, that is — I like to plant, grow and eat it. I like to serve it to others and recycle it to contribute to next year’s harvest. I like working and being outdoors, walking and hiking (and am not a fan of health clubs). I like to study Hebrew Bible, Tanakh, especially the first five books, the Torah. Most of all, I like to think about all these things and what they have to say about the meaning of life. I started my blog when I decided to explore veganism, and it has led not just to recipes and farming but to a reexamination of the biblical text from a different perspective and to thoughts about ethics, ecology, evolution, animal rights, the human place in creation and more. I explore and refresh my own spirituality through these projects.
My Masters thesis started out as an exploration of meals in the Bible. As often happens with beginning researchers, the topic was vast and needed a lot of refining. Finally I settled on “Meals in Genesis” and conducted a structural analysis of