OBLONG ONLINE: Rabbi Hanoch Hecht, "A Kabbalah of Food," in conversation with Paul Cohen of Monkfish Publishing

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 7:00pm
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Rabbi Hanoch HechtA Kabbalah of Food by Rabbi Hannoch HectPaul Cohen, Monkfish Publishing

Shown L to R: Rabbi Janoch Hecht, A Kabbalah of Food, Paul Cohen

It’s said the key to one’s heart is through the stomach; food can also be a pathway to the soul. In A Kabbalah of Food, Rabbi Hecht talks to Paul Cohen of Monkfish Publishing about his new book that cooks up a feast of inspiring tales and teachings around food and eating from the Kabbalah, a mystical part of the Torah, which, until the 16th century, was available only in secret to a select few.

The book includes the author’s favorite Jewish recipes, traditional and reimagined—from latkes and brisket to pickles and hummus—to nourish both body and soul on holidays and every day. Many of the recipes are simple enough to make with children, and the stories and teachings illustrate how taking a mindful and joyful approach to cooking, sharing, and enjoying food, can create a dwelling place for God within us and spark godliness in our physical world. The book is a celebration of the joy and power of faith in acts of mitzvot, and will help readers understand and observe kashrut, or Kosher dietary guidelines, translated as “fit to eat.” 

Rabbi Hecht is the spiritual leader of the Rhinebeck Jewish Center in New York’s Hudson Valley, the director of Chabad of Dutchess County, and a member of an extended family of notable rabbis in the U.S. and around the world. He also brings speedy Torah lessons to busy working people as the Six-Minute Rabbi, and he has taught Kosher cooking at the Culinary Institute of America.

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