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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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A Satisfying Eating Ethic

A Satisfying Eating Ethic

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(p.330) 16. A Satisfying Eating Ethic
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Feasting and Fasting
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Jonathan K. Crane

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479899333.003.0020

Developing the biblical idea of sove’a, or alimentary satisfaction, as a durable, holy, and healthy eating strategy, this chapter draws from biblical, Talmudic and medieval rabbinic sources to argue that Jews have long promoted sove’a as a means to eat according to internal cues instead of external ones. Perhaps most surprising is that contemporary studies in satiety corroborate this strategy’s health-promoting features. Ultimately, this chapter argues for moderation in eating by shifting the quintessential American question about food consumption from “are you full?” to “are you satisfied?”

Keywords:   biblical, sove’a, satisfaction, eating, Talmudic, rabbinic, satiety, health, moderation

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