This weeks’ portion is… challenging. Especially when you have to relate it to a food assignment. On the surface, it discusses all manner of unappetizing subjects – Leprosy, menstruation and nocturnal emissions to name a few. Reading this portion with it’s p’shat (“plain text”) meaning can lead to discomfort, nausea and uncontrollable urges to put the Torah down (horrors!). See your Rabbi for help.
No, seriously, that’s what people did. They didn’t go see a doctor (you’d think that in a group of 600,000 Jews traveling in the desert, there would be a couple of doctors, right?). If their house had dry-rot, they didn’t see a general contractor. They asked the Priest to check it out.
As we read the portion this week, we’ll be venturing deeply into the land of Metaphor. How these physical ailments represented spiritual conditions, personal habits, emotional issues, etc.
So, limited only by your creativity and the category of food which you have been assigned, please bring a food which is “metaphorical” in some way. It could be a metaphor for something else, it might be the frequent object of metaphorical comparison, etc.
Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.