Friday, March 23, 2007

Kedusha Of The Jewish Kitchen

(Paper-cutting by Amira Nagr)

Received via e-mail from Rabbi Dovid Sears as a preview of the Shabbos section of the Breslov Center's ongoing Breslover minhagim project:

Reb Noson Sternhartz, son of Reb Avraham, once related the following anecdote to Rabbi Moshe Bienenstock: His grandmother Chanah Tzirel said that her father, Reb Noson, once entered their little kitchen on Friday, while the women were preparing food for Shabbos. He told them:

“You should know that the cooking you do in honor of the Shabbos is comparable to the work that the Kohanim performed to prepare the korbonos in the Beis ha-Mikdosh!”

(Heard from Rabbi Moshe Bienenstock)


At March 23, 2007 at 8:45:00 AM EDT, Blogger yitz said...

Very interesting. I've already commented on your earlier post about Shechita, Rebbe Shloime Twerski ztvk"l, who ran the Denver shlact-haus (slaughterhouse) ["Denver meat" at that time had the reputation for being the best hecksher in America!] used to tell us, especially when women complained about the "drudgery" in the kitchen, that the Beis HaMikdash was, for a good part of the time, "one big kitchen" as the Kohanim were busy all day with Korbanos!

At March 23, 2007 at 12:06:00 PM EDT, Blogger Tzemach Atlas said...


At March 24, 2007 at 10:51:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Chief Cook and Bottle Washer said...


It is not boring if you are a woman who must work hard doing very mundane things like mopping floors and peeling potatoes and boiling chicken bones l'kavod Shabbos. It is actually a big chizuk to know this! The Beis HaMikdosh was a House of Prayer, and the Leviim sang and played beautiful music there -- but it was also a kitchen!

When's the last time you fed a houseful of hungry people for Shabbos?


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