The question of whether Israelis eat too many vegetables and meat is one that the public, including many Jews, often asks themselves when they visit a supermarket.
In the Israeli village of Aida, residents often ask the same question: Why don’t they just eat vegetables and bread?
“We know it is a religious holiday, but we ask ourselves, why do we not eat bread, meat, cheese, etc.?,” says Yaron Kavlach, who is from Aida.
The main problem with this question is that, at the end of the day, it is the result of ignorance, not religious observance.
In the village, everyone knows that it is forbidden to eat meat, but no one is asking whether it is OK to eat the meat or not.
Instead, the question arises because people are afraid of the consequences of not eating meat.
In Israel, a recent survey showed that people think that the consumption of meat and milk are more dangerous than the consumption and consumption of vegetables.
Kavlich, a former army intelligence officer, said that in order to avoid the consequences that come from eating too much meat, people should only eat vegetables.
“In a society that wants to promote a sense of national pride, the consumption or consumption of a lot of vegetables, especially when it comes to meat, is a problem,” he said.
But in recent years, there have been changes in the attitude of Israeli society.
“This is a very positive thing,” says Rabbi Yaakov Diamant, director of the Yeshivat Chovevei Torah synagogue in Aida and a member of the Rabbinical Council of Israel (RCI).
“People are less afraid of their food, they are less concerned about the consequences from their consumption, and they are more open to accepting other options,” he adds.
Kovalev, the director of AIDH, says that since the mid-1990s, he has been teaching a lot about the dangers of consuming too much vegetables.
He said that the change in attitude toward meat is due to the fact that there are now fewer restaurants that serve meat.
This is what Diamants and his students at AIDR have been doing in AIDHA, which he says is the first and only kosher supermarket in the country, and he sees that the numbers of meat eaters in the village have declined, even though the number of kosher stores in Israel has increased.
“A lot of people in AIDA don’t have the opportunity to buy kosher products because the supermarket is closed,” he says.
“They have to go to a supermarket and eat meat.”
Kavlech, who lives in a village near Aida that serves meat to its residents, says there are many problems with the Israeli society regarding the consumption, but that he believes that the main problem is ignorance.
“The issue of food is a major one in our society, and it has to do with the fact of the way we think about it,” he explains.
“I think this ignorance stems from the fact, that we do not eat meat because we don’t understand the consequences.”
Kovaleski is currently in a vegetative state at the Rabbinic Council of Europe (RCE), where he serves as the Rabbi of the Jewish Center of Bnei Brak in Tel Aviv.
The rabbi is currently researching the subject of the importance of kosher foods in Israel, and hopes that the information will be used in order for people to eat better and be more healthy.
Kevlach believes that in the long run, the changes in attitude towards meat in Israel are the result to the lack of knowledge about the health risks of eating meat and that the Jewish people will become more and more aware of the risks.
“I think it is an enormous step forward, but also an important step backwards.
If we do everything right, we can change the mindset of the entire society and make the food consumption less dangerous,” he predicts.