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Feasting and FastingThe History and Ethics of Jewish Food$
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Aaron Gross, Jody Myers, and Jordan D. Rosenblum

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479899333

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479899333.001.0001

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Jewish Ethics and Morality in the Garden

Jewish Ethics and Morality in the Garden

(p.258) 11. Jewish Ethics and Morality in the Garden
Feasting and Fasting

Jennifer A. Thompson

, Aaron S. Gross, Jody Myers, Jordan D. Rosenblum

Hasia Diner

Jonathan Safran Foer

NYU Press

This chapter introduces a method for identifying and analyzing ethical questions by exploring the meanings and uses of a synagogue food garden. A midwestern American synagogue community experienced tensions regarding the demolition and renovation of its historic building. Utilitarian considerations clashed with other community values. To help repair tensions, some congregation members turned to Jewish ethical concerns with the environment and community and created a food garden on synagogue property. The food garden created a new context in which members could come together and live out Jewish values of feeding the hungry, beautifying mitzvot (commandments), and making good use of natural resources.

Keywords:   ethical questions, synagogue, food, garden, values, Jewish, environment, feeding the hungry, beautifying mitzvot, natural resources

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