Recommendations for Jewish texts?
In the spirit of Elul, can anyone recommend some good reads (that I can either find online or at my public library or very cheap used online…not looking to spend $$) on ‘radical’ kashrut? Kind of like the concept of radical menstruation and radical niddah, where women reclaim from male authorities and reframe the laws of niddah, so basically, understanding rules of kashrut in a modern, liberal-lefty framework?
Not talking about eco- or ethical kashrut, I’ve read and learned about that. I do my best to practice eco-conscious and ethical food consumption as it is, but what I’m interested in learning about is the relevance of, say, not eating crab cakes for a 23-year-old lefty gal whose parents live in Maryland, aka crabland, or if I were to separate meat and dairy, why I should buy meat slaughtered according to kashrut if it’s more difficult and more expensive for me and why I should refrain from ordering meat at restaurants when the only kosher place in my city is a vegan place?
A few books I just requested from my library include God in Your Body by Jay Michaelson (author of God v. Gay, founding director of Nehirim, a community for LGBTQ Jews), Kosher Nation by Sue Fishkoff, and Living Judaism by Wayne Dosick (a Jewish Renewal spiritual leader). Has anyone read any of these?
Basically, I’m really interested in ritual and tradition lately and I’m moving into a new apartment in two weeks and I’m trying to think about how I want to set up my life and stuff. I’m not really interested in talking about particular rabbinic laws (can’t afford two sets of dishes or pots, don’t want to debate waiting times from meat to dairy either), but I am in interested in discussions of major laws like separation, what you can eat, etc., and theoretical discussions like, is mass-produced bread in the supermarket with a hekhsher really bringing me closer to God than buying something local at the farmer’s market straight from the baker?
Also, unrelated (but related to the whole, I’m moving, this is where my life is right now process), does anyone have any recommendations on a Hebrew-English Tanakh? I need to replace my fourth-grade English-only JPS and I’m leading towards Koren over ArtScroll, since I like their siddur over ArtScroll’s better, and JPS is not really that great in my opinion. But any other recommendations?
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