Throughout the entire Hebrew Bible, we read of numerous instances where Biblical figures “make a feast” for guests as a sign of both hospitality and/or gratitude to God, such as Abraham, Laban, Pharaoh, Moses, Elkanah and King Saul. Even the festivals are closely associated with food, as it says “Feast of Unleavened Bread” (Deuteronomy 16:16), “Feast of Weeks” (Exodus 34:22) and “Feast of Tabernacles” (II Chronicles 8:13). All this eating truly begs the question: How can the physical act of eating become something spiritual? Explains Rabbi Shmuel Veffer, owner of Galilee Green, an Israeli company which produces premium extra virgin olive oil for worldwide distribution, that food is a means to connect to God. “People are souls connected to a body”: God placed us into a physical world in order to uplift what we have been given and recognize the endless gifts that the Creator has bestowed upon us. As Rabbi Veffer says, “Taking care of our bodies through nutrient-rich foods and taking care of our soul through God awareness while eating is a perfect recipe to live in paradise.”

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