Finish Your Food?

Wayne's World

In July 2011 UPI reported that three diners were evicted by the owner from a Gothenburg, Sweden restaurant because they did not finish their meals. It is heartening to see a restaurateur who takes pride in his culinary art. But from a Jewish perspective, there are two principles at work. While wasting food is considered sinful, Jews are instructed to leave over some food on their plate as a reminder of the destruction of the Temples.   While that sad event remains distant in time, it is still painful for Jews today. And that pain is reflected in our dining habits. I don’t think the diners at the Bamboo Mongolian Barbecue were observant Jews, but not finishing what’s on one’s plate is not always an affront. 


Words to Live By

What lies behind you and what lies ahead of you pales in comparison to what lies inside you.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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