Whoever we are and wherever we are, one thing is always true: we need to eat! These 36 delicious Jewish quotations about food and eating offer some wise thoughts, ethical teachings, silly ideas, disturbing and annoying stereotypes truths, inspiring ideas, and some really funny words related to our relationship about food and eating.
Food might be seen as one of the biggest sources of pleasure, a simple refuelling activity, or a battleground. People eat in diverse and contradictory ways, and there is enormous cultural attachment to different ways of eating. Our feelings about food change with our age. As children our focus might be on sweet things, as teens we start to branch out from our parents’ rules, and as independent adults we find what does (and doesn’t) work for us.
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Here are 36 Jewish quotations about food and eating to amuse and inspire you. Words are food for our soul.
One who eats slowly lives long. – Talmud, Berachot 54b
Food choices matter because they are the most consistent ethical decision we make throughout our day. – Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz
To know a community is to know its food. – Gil Marks
Eating is the best of prayers. – Avrunin
The less you eat, the less sick you will be. – Zabara
Food is not to be treated with scorn. – Masekhet Soferim
Do not offer your food to one who has no appetite for it! – Mivchar Hapeninim
Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious. – Ruth Reichl
No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means. – Maimonides
The world can live without wine, but it cannot live without water; the world can live without peppers, but it cannot live without salt. – Jerusalem Talmud, Horeyot 3:5
36 Delicious Jewish Quotes About Food and Eating
An empty stomach is not a good political adviser. – Albert Einstein
Providing charity for poor and hungry people weighs as heavily as all the other commandments of the Torah combined. – Babylonian Talmud, Baba Batra 9a
People have more fun if they don’t eat so much they have to be taken home in an ambulance. – Ina Garten
Food can bring people together in a way nothing else could. – Yotam Ottolenghi
I like my challah like I like my toothbrush: super soft and all to myself. – Molly Yeh
I don’t believe you can ever really cook unless you love eating. – Nigella Lawson
You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together. – Anthony Bourdain
You can tell alot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans. – Heston Blumenthal
There are never too many napkins or too many potatoes. – Josh Ozersky
Nothing gladdens a man’s heart like a thin woman with a big appetite. – Josh Ozersky
36 Delicious Jewish Quotes About Food and Eating
Good bread cannot be baked out of bad wheat. – Mishle Yisrae
The wise man says: I will eat to live, and the fool says: I will live to eat. – Orchot Tsadikim
Who eats even plain bread and salt with his friend should be grateful to him. – Tanna Deve Eliyahu R.
There can be no joy without food and drink. – Talmud, Mo’ed Katan
The Torah teaches a lesson in moral conduct, that man shall not eat meat unless he has a special craving for it… and shall eat it only occasionally and sparingly. – B.T. Chulin 84a
Build houses and dwell in them, and plant gardens and eat the fruit of them. – Jeremiah 29:5Is
Elizabeth Taylor fat? Her favorite food is seconds. – Joan Rivers
A person should always avoid anger during meal time. – Derech Eretz Rabbah 4.
A person should always set his table [for the meal eaten] after Shabbat, even if he only needs [to eat the size of] an olive. – Shabbat 119b.
Eating for me is how you proclaim your beliefs three times a day. That is why all religions have rules about eating. Three times a day, I remind myself that I value life and do not want to cause pain to or kill other living beings. That is why I eat the way I do. – Natalie Portman
Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity. – Jonathan Safran Foer
People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times. ― Isaac Bashevis Singer
Said Rav Ami: In the study hall, give priority to wisdom; at the table, give priority to age. -Talmud, Bava Batra 120a
Our sages taught: One who eats in the street is comparable to a dog. – Talmud, Kiddushin 40b
The saying goes: “The belly carries the feet” – Midrash Rabbah, Bereishit 70
Great is eating for it distances those who are near, and brings close those who are far. – Talmud, Sanhedrin 103
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