Eating as a Spiritual Ecosystem

By Joel Hecker

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, March 2012

In this passage, R. Menachem Nahum of Chernobyl, a third-generation Hasidic rebbe, discusses the spiritual pathways of holy sparks and food: how they appear, the human role in consuming foods containing them, and the sustenance of our souls and the cosmos that results. Divine words descend, morphing into food, providing life-sustaining energy, which in turn transmutes into words, sustaining divinity itself. This teaching portrays a spiritual ecosystem in which the spiritual seeker can participate in a continuous cycle, sending the holiness embedded within our reality back upward with the proper spiritual intent.

Topic: Hasidim, Food, Spirituality, Chasidim, Hasidism

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.42/no.688

Page Number(s): 8--9

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Hecker, Joel. Eating as a Spiritual Ecosystem. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. March 2012: 8--9. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13766


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