APOLOGIES TO DR. ATKINS
Bread is a symbol of the partnership between humankind and the natural world – it doesn’t just magically appear from the ground – it takes human partnership (and it’s delicious).
Poet Pablo Neruda had some delicious things to say about bread. See poem below.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם הַמּוֹצִיא לֶחֶם מִן הָאָרֶץ
Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha’olam Hamotzi Lechem Min Ha’aretz.
We acknowledge the Unity of All and express gratitude for bread from the earth.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ עַל אֲכִילַת מַצָּה
Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha’olam Asher Kideshanu B’mitzvotav V’tzivanu Al Achilat Matzah.
We acknowledge the Unity of All and express gratitude for the opportunity to connect by eating matzah.
Eat matzah. Discussion Question: What’s your favorite kind of cracker and why?
A Selection from "Ode to Bread"
Dense or light,
flattened or round,
you are, bread,
and how profound!
You line up
on the baker’s
like silverware or plates
or pieces of paper
there’s the joining of seed
and you’re growing, growing
all at once
hips, mouths, breasts,
mounds of earth,
or people’s lives.
The temperature rises, you’re overwhelmed
by fullness, the roar
your golden color is fixed.
And when your little wombs
a brown scar
laid its burn the length
of your two halves’
a miracle often admired,
the will to live itself.
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