accordo rx canada order promethazine codeine canada pariet 20 mg obat apa kann man viagra in der apotheke kaufen north american express drugs on line discount cabgolin coupon generic for rocaltrol cheap cialis prices naltrexone buy generic online pharmacies viagra without subscription phentermine 30 mg prices how much is bactrim without insurance lisonpril without prescription anti depression drugs online where to order viagra online by phone can i get unisom 2 in canada acheter artcotec buy chloromycetin tadalafil tablets india buy 5mg cialis canadian pharmacy ed trail pack overnight buy provigil amazon como conseguir cytotec en usa world drugstore generic paypal purchase prandin over the counter fast shipping cipro online uk gabapentin online no prescription phenergan shipped to usa low cost zyrtec buy provera pills order synthroid without rx medications without perscriptions.... buying asthma inhalers mexico how does viagra work after ejaculation remedio clomid cialis nz generic beta-val revatio cost canadian lisinopril 20 mg over the counter cialis tablets 20 mg prices viagra pharmacy buying provera online nemazole without prescription shop prilosec use substitue for doxecycline hong kong pharmacy online birth control without prescription buy amitryptiline 10g buy levitra paypal over the counter florinef kwikmed uk purchase avandamet rckruf on line no prescription viagra nitro vs lasix generic cialis alli diet pill shortage kamagra oral jelly best price buy trinessa online buying provera online soft generic viagra usa is global pharmacy canada safe generic cialis safe robaxin india buy glaxo eltroxin retin a micro gel how to use viagra properly levitra precio cialis en ligne canada sildenafil soft tablets 100mg purchase cialis uk benfotiamine for sale r-t-choppers usa drugstore us pharmacy no prescription neurontin cipla generic product list advair generic and trade name cialis for a good del kamagra fast next day delivery tadalafil tablets 20mg etodolac betamethasone dipropionate cream 0.05 cheapest price on sarafem canada buy viagra online cyprus nizagara review meds india where i can order viagra pills viagra onlion holand viagra from canada legal viragratablets with prescripion alli diet pills online usa advair cheapest price mexico shuddha guggulu ordering capsules cheapest levitra in fort lauderdale highest strength cialis average dose of tadalafil balranald shire council diovan 160 vuclip search mometasone effects of viagra on men american cialis distributors amsterdam viagra valtrex pills for sale cabgolin over the counter you purchase do i need a prescription for antabuse online pharmacy singapore cialis supreme suppliers war on drugs insurance coverage for viagra why isnt viagra generic generic levitra for sale in us audrey bitoni vermox rezeptfrei deutschland fluconazole cream india buy viagara pils celexa online cheap xbox comprare_viagra_yahoo buy viagra in lagos nigeria 12 canada pharmacy lithium environmental assessment is viagra good alli weight loss pills zofran ex is canadian viagra safe buy lisinopril online india cheap effexor india in jamaica can you buy viagra price for levitra 20 mg. at walmart cheap generic dutasteride frumil without a perscription levitra tablete za potenciju 103 cialis pills cheapest best rx online viagra generic generic mexican viagra remeron next day delivery xend discount propecia canada cheap depakote yahoo 5mg tadalafil generic mumbai india perscription buy cafergot brisbane does viagra work for girls corega order zaditor online cialis for sale in phoenix,az things that work like viagra slimming tablets with speed quinoa salad is good to lose viagra without perception where can i order some generic viagra diovan shipped overnight for next day dutasteride without a prescription decadron 0.5 mg primatene mist canada pharmacy suhagra 100 cipla cheap xanax and viagra uk amazon tinidazol mod156 isoptin online cheap vintage cheapest price on saw palmetto london canadian pharmacy micardis best android launchers dentopain healthy man viagra review purdue triangle viagra doxycycline vet canada doxycycline internet order kamagra low cost whats better synthroid or levothyroxine buy cheap hydrochlorothiazide zealand generic cialis for sale donde comprar metformina mexico buy clomid best cialis online order viagra pills on sale supreme suppliers sagar avenue how much is flagyl at walmart cialis generique expedie deurope kamagra review tadalafil brands in india elimite ordering numbers order cialis from india brand valtrex for sale mxtabs andkon nolvadex benefits for men albuterol without a prescription levitra tablete za potenciju 103 depakote low price levels prograf online order bangalore where can u get nolvadex infertility drugs for sale desi viagra price in delhi does medicaid pay for viagra youtube viagra canadian neighbor pharmacy hydrochlorothiazide next day delivery uk cailis e20 is alli back in stock pilex tablets review go secure tab brand viagra shoppers drug mart viagra brand viagra us pharmacy generic maxalt furosemide 40 mg myl valtrex in south africa promethazine online order tracking online medicine without prescription buy tramadol with mastercard is mobic an over the counter drug buy clomiphene online buy antibiotics with paypal nonprescription flagyl buy elocon cream order zantac xanax buy levitra canada cefixime 400 mg cost edukacijski fakultet travnik order paxil online canada ciallis in canada where can i buy accutane online accutane pills easiest way to get an ed perscription order 120 mg alli pills usa voltaren tablet galporn clomid pills store where to buy brimonidine tartrate buy betnovate cream uk cephalexin non perscription insulin methotrexate without a prescription suhagra 50 mg side effects generic florinef tricare for life prescriptions cialis viagra levitra pack cheap clomid online usa atacand 8mg cheap ed pills in canada 2014 erectile dysfunction medications online low cost emsam fatigue buy mifepristone online uk forest pharmaceuticals bystolic coupon cialis kopen trazadone online overnight where to buy cytoxan solution cialis non branded cialis on line melbourne vic fast del viagaon line flagyl syrup dosage for children wholesale generic depakote reviews prednisone for dogs, dosage misoprostol buy ru486 buy online uk diflucan pill onliepharmacy finasteride online retail licodexon dexamethasone hyaluronic acid non perscription cream viagra for sales buy acivir levitra professional no prescription order generic buspar generic lipitor australia brand pills antibiotic generic cialis online usa master card canadain pharmacy fast delivery for flagyl buy 100 ml viagra low cost differential gps where to purchase low cost levitra viragra paypal how do i take aciphex buying online cialis in china wellbutrin cheapest generic viagra 50mg fast shipping isoptin online www buycialisonlinecheap florinef for dogs buy order pills online with echeck buy cialis online canada paypal cialis pharmacy us cytotec prix tunisie buy cialis in india bestpricedrugs24 where to buy viagra over the counter my super pharmacy nonprescription sulfamethoxazole tavor ohne rezept doors metformin help you get pregnant order bactroban cream online cheap ranitidine zantac valtrex mexico ,canada does adderall show up same as strattera buy 100 mg viagra cialis combo can i buy amoxicillin over the counter neurocet purchawse wholesale viagra buy glucotrol xl no prescription kamagra jelly paypal valtrex tablet purchase in us wie teuer ist viagra auf rezept online doctor prescription xanax forum propecia review zyloprim mercury drug online order alli pills how can i buy cialis cheap how to get esomeprazole vagra ofr men prescription fertility pills for men tadalafil europe viagra flavored 100mg zoloft sale uk sidenafil on line buy tamsulosin hexal 0.4 in ul cheap ciealis buy cheap lasix for dogs how to parachute wellbutrin buy epivir hbv dosage carafate buy online us viagra prezzo in farmacia amitriptyline generic to buy buy prednisolone tablets online generic cialis 5 mg can you buy cialis in bali 60 xenical for sale safe website to buy generic viagra purchase viagra online canada prednisolone cheapest price where lexipro overseas canadian pharmacy fosamax generic gabapentin no script 8 mg zofran purchase canada pharmacy paypal viagra for sale in kelowna awc canadian pharmacy mall buy cheap forzest online india doxycycline buy online vibramycin generic viagra best prices immediate delivery or refund, anonymity loc:pt where can i buy zithromax discount urispas dosage discount adhd meds i want a prescription for propecia inderal shelf life viagra softabls is zifi 200mg tablets causes sleep buy emsam kong viagra tablet names mexico pharmacy online lisinopril elavil sale qld viagra order in united states acyclovir 800 mg for shingles kamagra now co uk delivery avodart without a perscription where to buy brand cialis online buy finasteride online canada vigora tablet hindi where to buy prandin pharmacy wholesale generic reglan antiemetic generic requip uses wholesale generic flovent buy viagra online kaufen paypal skelaxin online no prescription where to buy famvir dublin cordarone generic levitra 100mg triamterene hctz 75 50 medrol dose pack instructions overnightpharmacy4u review ajanta pharma on line fast online shipping of xenical clomid tablets for pct online medicans cytotec misoprostol precio cialis profession for sale online buy levitra without script buy teva viagra 254 valtrex canada online online pharmacy overnight delivery rizatriptan cheap buy viramune online mims online scammers promethazine levitra not working lamisil shortage farmacia online cialis tamoxifen australia accutane cheapest price month tranexamic tb ginette 35 prednisolone generic name anafranil trandate online cheap shopping viagra on radio lopid next day delivery nyc steroidology is it safe to buy generic cialis online buy generic plavix india sildenafil 50mg long term effects of low dose accutane viagra online eu viagra advertised on radio sex tablet for long time ciprofloxacin hcl 500mg tab suprax online in united states is cialis soft tabs buy uk ciprofloxacino para sirve powered by disqus cialis cara menggunakan cytotec buy viagra for women online furosemide tablets to buy orislat buy online canadian ems ed drugs without prescription vendesi propecia 1 ml canadian family pharmacy over the counter erection pills reviews online pharmacy no prescription valium where to buy valtrex rx expired saw palmetto cheap day next shipping viagra canadian ed pharmacies shop augmentin i want to order some viagra order prandin mail trust-rx direct pharmacy viagra ed drugs online online drugs cipro buy cheap levitra jelly la pela cialis domenicano will marijuana affect cialis strongest viagra available mobic low price back pain buy protonix from canada antabuse sale drug suhagra india ltd hk viagra amazon order phenergan online kamagra oral jelly india alli refill pack buy birth control online us safest generic viagra crestor tablete 10 mg where to buy prilosec cheap neurontin johnnies generic cialis price comparisons canadian pharmacy trental secure ordering online cialis drugs without prescription pharmacy rx online tetracyline no presp cialis, gta cayotec pillola abvorto ditropan on amazon sertraline 100mg tablets purchase actoplus female viagra for sale buy zocor online where can you is alli available in canada cheapest price on midamor cipla finpecia gunstig viagra bestellen tadacip india price lamisil lowest price walmart best weight loss pills buy pink viagra cialis 5 mg review overnight prednisone no rx medustrusted pharmacies buy stieva a cream cheapest frumil canadian drugs amlodipine besylate diltiazem cheapest price website finasteride india price pain meds uk canada pharmacy orlistat prescription esram 20mg indications tadalafil dosierung where to buy zocor legal vantin non perscription walmart calcium carbonate sale japan canadian non prescription drugs viagraparamujeryhombreencalifornia cytotec in malaysia pharmacy is cytotec over the counter buy levitra online viagra sold in the u.s. buy strattera zealand generic levitra from canada order viagra for women online buy alli in mexico free levitra samples by mail get hydrocodone today sildenafil mastercard dosis cytotec misoprostol rapid shipping geriforte lowest price list femera buy reviews fluoxetine for sale do i need prescription for cialis shop acivir pills


A Kitchen Confessional

Written by Rabbi Mordechai Rackover on Tuesday, 04 October 2011. Posted in Food for Thought

As we approach Yom Kippur I thought this would be a good time to take stock, not only of my spiritual and moral self, but also of my culinary self. To be sure we could all reflect on the kitchen sins that are au courant in the contemporary kosher diet. Asking ourselves should I say ashamnu, bagadnu,…“Did I wash out all the bugs?” “Was there a red dot in that egg?” “Should I trust this kosher certifier or not?” But I wanted to approach this with a more universal notion – that all the choices we make, not just the question of issur ve’heter (prohibited and permitted) are Jewish choices that deserve to be reviewed using a lens of Jewish values and halakha, Jewish Law.

There are a lot of clichés concerning Jews and food. And, just like the notion of “Jewish time” is a poor excuse for being late, so too are the clichés poor excuses for some of our behaviors in relationship to food. In preparing to write this it occurred to me that there aren’t very many chores left in the world that are as critical, personal, and labor intensive as food. We have dry cleaners for our clothes. Gardeners for our lawns, growing food has become a luxury – it means you have land – and not a necessity. But cooking, no matter how much take-out you eat, is still a labor-intensive and critical chore.
Another element of cooking and food, it is by its nature, the aspect of our lives that is the most involved with shipping, transporting, and importing. True we get crude oil from overseas and clothes from Asia. But we don’t consume clothing on a daily basis, and no matter how much you drive, your oil intake doesn’t compare to your food intake in terms of carbon and waste. 
With all of the above in mind I came to think about the idea of looking back at my year in food. There are two times of the year when Jews take stock. At Passover we clear out our homes obliterating any crumbs of leaven, preparing to reenact the Exodus from Egypt. And, during the Ten Days of Repentance, between Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur, we again take stock, obliterating any crumbs in our soul as we prepare to leave the bad behind and head into a year focused on the good. 
In the familiar mode of the Yom Kippur viddui, the confessional, I present a list of reflections. These reflections range from the lighthearted to the serious and are to be read to awaken thought and mindfulness in one of the most important areas of our lives – and our souls - how and what we put in to our bodies:
For the offense of 
eating and running
For the abuse of
white sugar
For the lie of 
“one ‘last’ piece of pie”
For the shortsightedness of eating
fruit imported from half-way across the globe
For the lack of fortitude in 
ignoring the warnings and drinking a 64oz Slurpee
For seeking comfort
in that childhood favorite that wasn’t meant for an adult stomach
For the violation 
of eating in front of the TV
For fooling ourselves in saying
“I’ll do any extra thirty minutes on the tread mill” 
For not checking 
the pantry before going shopping
For ignoring the prophet Michael Pollan
in eating California lettuce in the eastern time zone
For setting the wrong example and
giving-in to the whining and buying those cookies
For forgetting 
our bags
For wastefully
not clipping coupons
For pretending that this time 
I’ll wash-up in the morning before I go to work
For thinking of myself and not the world
by using disposable pans and plastic plates
For buying 
that fish even though there may not be any left in 5 years
For not trying
new foods
For not using 
an oven mitt and burning yourself for the ‘millionth time’
For tasting 
and not washing the spoon
For double dipping
For not 
using leftovers
For all of these and more. For the sins that hurt others and those that hurt me. For each one I am sorry. I will try harder in the year to come to improve myself, my family and my home, the planet Earth, through my kitchen and my belly. Through these behaviors I hope to bring tikkun – a corrected state on God’s Earth.

Social Bookmarks

About the Author

Rabbi Mordechai Rackover

Mordechai (Michael) Rackover is a husband, a father and an orthodox rabbi serving as a chaplain at a major U.S. university. He also loves to cook. In his posts he tries to express some of his love, while sharing the occasional moment of creativity that he might be blessed with.

He also writes about food, food culture, as well as the spiritual and physical impact of some of our habits and mania.
As a man and a rabbi he hopes to show that a man’s place is in the kitchen and that as a role model and caregiver, to his children, his spouse, his students, and himself, he takes that place with responsibility and love. 
He blogs at and you can follow his more frequent observations on twitter - @mrackover.

Comments (4)

  • venyov
    05 October 2011 at 15:39 |

    Thank you for the info! We can't avoid all the chemicals in food but we can still control what we eat and make choices how to look and feel.

  • ima2seven
    05 October 2011 at 16:31 |

    This is a great piece! I was hoping to read down your list and add a clever one or two myself, but I think you have covered them all! Shana Tova, and may we all do proper kitchen teshuva.

  • Doctor
    11 October 2011 at 12:30 |

    I really enjoyed this! it gave me food for thought for Yom Kippur!

  • CookMama
    31 October 2011 at 10:41 |

    What a great article! Very creative! I just got a chance to check out cookkosher-it's been a while-and I am going to print this out and put it up in the kitchen to remind myself and family to make better choices!

Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.

Web Development Developed by Joomi
RADesign Designed by RADesign
zest CookKosher is a Zest Group project