The Jew And The Carrot

Liberating Message of Raw Passover

By Shimon Darwick

  • Print
  • Share Share
Shimon Darwick

What would it be like to live the life you love, and live it powerfully? Sometimes, choosing to incorporate or eliminate certain foods can make all the difference. How does the word “raw” connect to Passover? In the desert we were inexperienced. The weather made our skin raw. We experienced gut wrenching raw fear, and we ate raw, unprocessed and unrefined manna (mystery) to survive.

Passover is the perfect opportunity and invitation to cleanse the body, mind, and spirit through living foods and holistic health practices. In order to dive into this possibility it requires us to look at the dietary habits that accumulate excessive physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bondage.

Let’s look at our intention of liberation. In order to experience freedom from constricting dietary habits towards liberating habits, it’s helpful to take a long deep breath and laugh out loud at how many choices we have made this year that didn’t serve our fullest self-expression, vitality, and inspiration. With our past complete, there is freedom for new health possibilities.

We have the possibility of becoming foods that are liberated and therefore live a life of liberation.

Why raw? When we don’t cook food, we don’t become cooked food. The question of how deep we really want to go into the question is very personal and I’m not here to advocate for a raw foods diet as the Torah’s prescribed diet or even my own. However , Rav Kook made mention that the diet in the world to come will consist of a vegan diet (no animal products), a teshuvah (return) to the diet we had in the Garden of Eden. Rav Kook was known to eat a vegetarian diet during the week and meat on Shabbat. He declared that we still aren’t at the level of eating a vegan diet and therefore it is our responsibility to unlock the energy of holiness in animals by eating them and blessing them.

On the biochemical level, when food is heated to about 118 degrees this activates a process called leukocytosis. White blood cells identify the cooked food as pathogens and attack, so as to protect us from illness. Raw foods do not instigate white blood cell production. What happens in the body is a complex series of reactions between the enzymes present in food and in our saliva to break down the food. These enzymes are not present in cooked food although they are essential for effective digestion and elimination.

Another way to measure the vitality of food is to measure the electromagnetic energy of food. In doing this we can see that raw food has a much higher vibration (hertz unit) than cooked food. Needless to say raw food is simpler and requires much less energy from external energy sources too. Raw simply connects humans more directly and quickly to creation. You could call it a short cut to G-d.

One proverb that shows up in many spiritual traditions is the idea that cleanliness is close to godliness. In the Jewish tradition it clearly shows up in cleaning the home of chametz. What often goes unmentioned is how to clean the body and mind simultaneously, and just as meticulously. Let’s play the game that there are three houses to clean for Passover: the first one is the home, the second is the body, and the third is the mind. Let’s focus on houses of the body, mind, and soul. Raw food is cleansing. It requires less energy to digest and eliminate in most people. The easiest and quickest source of cleansing comes through juices and smoothies. They short cut the chewing process and open the body to immediate nutrition and vitality. When we consume high quantities of nutrients, minerals, and phytochemicals we can detoxify from food, environmental, and emotional toxins. In fact, 60% of detoxification happens in the brain. Some possible symptoms of detoxification are fatigue, foggy mind, anger, confusion, etc. By drinking more water, juices, eating raw food, sweating, and engaging in nourishing relationships, it is possible to detoxify and do the full spring cleaning.

With the science aside there is the possibility of seeing our relationship with food through a different lens. The Tsfat Emet says that what we eat deeply affects who we are and how we behave.

He goes even further and says that each plant and animal comes into the world with a particular measured amount of life force, and it is our responsibility to move towards animals and plants that are imbued with the most life energy possible. He says that humans need to eat foods that expand us to G-d. When we choose foods that are locally grown or native: herbs, greens, mushrooms, annuals, and perennials such as fruit trees, we connect with Israel ( a land of abundance). When we buy imported food we forget our relationship with the land and we will miss out on our region’s vitality.

As the Tsfat Emet puts it: We shouldn’t eat to study Torah, we need to study Torah to learn how to eat. It is in learning about the importance of how live foods do within the body and mind and in developing an intimate relationship with them that we will eventually return to what Rav Kook said is the diet of the world to come.

Passover Massaged Kale Salad
4 servings
2 bunches of kale
¼ cup chopped almonds
½ apple chopped
1 ½ tbs sea salt
1 lemon
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
Massage the kale with only sea salt until it softens. Add lemon, olive oil, and apple cider, nuts and chopped apples, mix together and enjoy.

Simeon (Shimon) Darwick is an integrative Nutrition health coach focused on spiritual nutrition and mind/ body relationship between food and mood. He is co-founder of Raw Jungle Passover specializing in human and environmental health. A raw Passover virtual cleanse will take place from April 17th - 22nd. For More information go to

Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: raw food, kale, Rav Kook, Passover

The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Find us on Facebook!
  • This is what the rockets over Israel and Gaza look like from space:
  • "Israel should not let captives languish or corpses rot. It should do everything in its power to recover people and bodies. Jewish law places a premium on pidyon shvuyim, “the redemption of captives,” and proper burial. But not when the price will lead to more death and more kidnappings." Do you agree?
  •'s Allison Benedikt wrote that Taglit-Birthright Israel is partly to blame for the death of American IDF volunteer Max Steinberg. This is why she's wrong:
  • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
  • The sign reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Zionists are not under any circumstances.”
  • Is Twitter Israel's new worst enemy?
  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
  • Not a gazillionaire? Take the "poor door."
  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight":
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?

We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.