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Rabbi Rami: "Does what I eat really matter?"

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<em>Edit Article</em> Rabbi Rami: &quot;Does what I eat really matter?&quot;
My “spiritual” friends are so self-righteous about their so- called holy diets that I sometimes eat junk food just to spite them. Does eating really matter spiritually?Rabbi Rami: I think all consumption—food, clothing, electronics, cars, etc.—matters and impacts us physically, emotionally, morally, environmentally, and spiritually, and we would be wise to consume in ways that are beneficial in all five dimensions. Without telling you  what to eat, I suggest that you ask yourself whether what you consume is of benefit to you in each of these five ways. If it is, consume it. If it isn’t, don’t. I find the idea of killing animals for meat repellent, and yet I can’t stop eating it. Can you help me break the meat-eating habit?Sure: eat only meat that you yourself have killed and prepared. In this way you can make the killing heartfelt and the preparation mindful. Do this and you will overcome your disgust or you will stop eating meat. In either case the drama over eating will end, and that alone may be a good thing.I am considering becoming a Buddhist, but I can’t imagine living without alcohol. A …

Author and teacher Rabbi Rami Shapiro has been called “one of the best bridges of Eastern and Western wisdom.” His newest book is Embracing the Divine Feminine.


Rabbi Rami Shipiro

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, essayist, poet, and teacher. His spiritual advice column, "Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler," addresses reader questions pertaining to religion, spirituality, faith, family, God, social issues, and more.

His newest book is Surrendered—The Sacred Art: Shattering the Illusion of Control and Falling into Grace with Twelve-Step Spirituality.

He has this to say about religion: “To me, religions are like languages: no language is true or false; all languages are of human origin; each language reflects and shapes the mindset of the civilization that speaks it; there are things you can say in one language that you cannot say or cannot say as well in another; and the more languages you know, the more nuanced your understanding of life. Judaism is my mother tongue, yet in matters of the spirit I strive to be multi-lingual. In the end, however, the deepest language of the soul is silence.”

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