Setting the Table
My dish I will be making is called “yoykh”, a Jewish chicken soup usually served as the Jewish Passover. This soup is often referred to as a medicine, and is called an elixir that cures all. When a person has any illness, this soup is often served to cleanse the body and get the sick toxins out of the body. Yoykh is often referred as “Jewish Penicillin”, due to its smoothness and belief of health it brings.
This soup consists of softened carrots, soften chicken, and a heavy amount of fat. There are different ways to construct this dish, depending on the day or holiday, it may have more or less ingredients. It may also include noodles, dumplings, soup croutons, rice, or even matzah balls. One Jewish author once wrote “Each month is gay, each season is nice, when eating chicken soup with rice.”
Anybody can make this dish, it is not exclusive to any just one person to make or consume. The dish is considerably easy to make, it just depends on your version of what you want to add or take away from the dish. If you add in all the ingredients that could possibly be added, then it might take a little bit longer to be prepared. My only concern is that I want to include all the ingredients in the dish in which they believe make it a curing elixir. I want to try the curing elixir and see how it will make me feel and see just how smooth this soup really is.
This dish is very religious to the Jewish people. Some believe and treat it as so religious that they have this soup before they even do certain things. These events include wedding meals, Friday nights, or even a holiday can begin without a bowl of poultry soup such as yoykh. It is also a very popular dish for the Jewish Passover, also called Pesach, which is a major holiday for them. The Jewish Passover is the commutation of their liberation by god from slavery in ancient Egypt. This is a very religious time and ceremony for them, so this dish being a part of this ceremony, makes it a very sacred and religious dish.
Jewish people are very specific with food traditions and cultures they follow and practice. They do not eat pork or shellfish, because they are considered sacred and clean. They do not mix dairy and meat, and might not even keep them stored in the same cupboard. Certain Jews will only eat meat or poultry if it is koshered. Koshered food is made specifically for them to eat and can be hard to find. Jewish people have many traditions for food, and being a part of the practices they follow makes this meal that is incorporated in very religious in my opinion. Finding clean meat, and following the rules they have for which food they can eat, can be a tough task, but this yoykh soup has all the right ingredients to make it a perfect dish for Jewish culture.
Yoykh soup is a dish that is usually served during Jewish Passover. This dish can be constructed in many different ways, which makes it very flexible to many different cultures and religions. The ability to add and remove ingredients from the dish allow other cultures to enjoy it, such as vegans or Buddhists. Buddhists do not eat meat, which meat could be a part of this dish, but if being served to Buddhist followers, it could easily be removed and still enjoyed. Buddhists do not eat meat because they believe in reincarnation, and treat animals as humans as they believe one could be reincarnated into an animal. This belief keeps them for hurting animals and consuming food from them.
If you serve this dish to somebody who’s religious or cultural belief requires the take away of an ingredient, they might not get the full experience. One thought that comes up from the idea of taking away ingredients would be if the dish would still be considered medicine. In the original dish, this soup is said to be like medicine, and is even referred to as “Jewish Penicillin”. Would the lack of original ingredients still bring well-being or does that take it away? In the original recipe of this dish, it calls for chicken to be added, this would be a negative example of environmental justice. Some cultures and beliefs think it’s not fair to kill and use chickens for our own consumption. These religions would include Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism, each for their own cultural differences. These religions would have to exclude chicken and could maybe substitute some other ingredient that would follow their religious appetite. This allows a lot of religious freedom for the reason that each religion can modify and enjoy this dish in their own way.
Worst case scenario, there could be a disagreement on why some ingredients should and shouldn’t be added. There could be an argument that somebody who doesn’t want meat in their dish could be ridiculed that the dish is not the same without it, and one might think that they ruined the dish. This would be the only concern I can foresee happening with social justice, for the most part the dish is really flexible with how its prepared and can be enjoyed, which makes it hard to find conflict people could have; however, there is one obvious way.
One way to ruin a party is to provide food nobody wants or is able to eat. If you were throwing a big Buddhist party, providing chicken in the soup might be something to try and avoid as most Buddhist followers are not allowed to eat meat. This would cause some conflict, and probably leave you with lots of untouched food, which is very wasteful and a reason we have so many starving people around the world. It is important to know which religions or practices do not eat meat and if you will be serving people of those practices. This is important for the fact that you do not want to offend somebody by offering them food they are not allowed to eat due to religious practice.
There is a lot of religious freedom in this dish. This dish is originally from the Jewish faith, but can me modified to be enjoyed by other religions as well. The ability to take away and add ingredients allow virtually all religions to enjoy it. Overall, this dish configures to all of the ethical viabilities mentioned earlier, which makes it a really flexible and simple religious dish.
Considering all the factors that this dish incorporates, I personally believe that this dish is a very solid choice when thinking about religious foods. This dish is able to satisfy a plethora of people by its ability to be modified without ruining the cultural basis of the dish itself.
Religion and Food. Nutrition Facts
Yoykh soup is a special soup that is served during the Jewish Passover as a side dish. Many ingredients can be added or taken away from this dish, meaning it has many variations of how It can be prepared and served. Specifically, for this writing and the dish I will make, I am going to use matzah balls, giving this soup a little more flavor and Jewish style. Matzah balls are an Ashkenazi Jewish soup dumpling, which contains matzah meal, eggs, water, and fat. This will be the only added ingredient, as we don’t want to sway away too far from the original dish.
Yoykh itself is a very plain dish. Most commonly known as a basic chicken soup, Jewish people believe it is an elixir to good health. It is made with broth, chicken, various vegetables, sometimes matzah balls, and possibly noodles. They believe it helps nourish the body so much they consider it a “Jewish penicillin”. This is a sacred meal during the Jewish Passover, but in order to fully understand why, we need to learn a little more about what the Jewish Passover is.
Jewish Passover is a Jewish holiday in which they celebrate their liberation by god from slavery in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation under leadership of Moses. The Passover is a spring festival that starts on the fifteenth of the Hebrew month of Nisan and lasts seven days. During these days is when the Jewish people honor their freedom by eating lots of food and celebrating. During the Passover, no leavened bread is to be eaten, because the word Passover itself is called the feast of leavened bread in the Torah. When the Passover is done, people return to their homes and villages.
During the Passover, what people can and cannot eat is a very tough subject to understand. During this time, matzah is the main food people eat, along with small other things that are deemed okay to eat such as leavened products (pasta, cereal, and crackers as a few examples). The food consumed during this time is supposed to be a reminder of the past of being slaves in ancient Egypt, giving their food they eat meaning and purpose during the holiday.
Although there are many food items that cannot be eaten during the Jewish Passover, the Jewish people still have a wide variety of things that they can eat. Along with the soup, the Jews can eat things like brisket and lam roast. One huge thing that the Jewish people eat during this time is fruit, root vegetables, nuts, and eggs. The Jews will not eat corn, rice, or legumes during this time. For the most part, however, the Jews have plenty of things to eat during the Passover.
Considering the soup is considered an elixir for good health and has a nickname as the “Jewish penicillin”, I would heavily consider this soup as a good example of well-being. It provides many nutrients the body needs along with proteins and fats to give the body energy. This “cure all” soup is a solidity of health, not only for the Passover, but anytime a Jewish person becomes ill.
Yoykh soup brings many Jewish people together. During the time of Passover, the Jewish people become very close and share and eat many of the same foods. This bringing together of people is a good example of social justice, as this soup is shared by many and brings together others during the time of eating. The making of this soup is simple, yet allows others to see what somebody else might add into their soup or not incorporate into theirs.
This soup contains sacred ingredients and is prepared and served in a sacred manner. These ingredients are freshly grown and prepared, making this a very prime example of environmental justice. Nothing in this dish is complicated to get or make, they are very simple and easy ingredients, which makes this dish so convenient to make.
This dish is a very sacred dish, served during a very sacred time. This dish and its unique style of being composed differently allows for many to demonstrate and exercise their religious freedom. Some may add in more ingredients they feel are holy, as others may add ingredients to make the dish more of a medicine or elixir for good health. The diversity in this dish makes it very special, allowing people to show and use this dish for many different religious practices.
This soup is very similar to our present-day version, which is known as chicken noodle soup. Some things that they have in common are the broth, vegetables, and chicken. Another similarity between the two is the fact that they are both used as ways to bring good health to someone. The Jewish people said the soup brought them good health, whereas now, we eat it to feel better if we are sick also. A difference between the two is that the Jewish people mostly ate it for religious reasons and for special occasions. Where we eat chicken noodle soup all the time and for whatever reason we want. Another main difference is that the Jewish people did not always put noodles in it, but the present-day version does not exist without noodles. Even though our soup is a little different, compared to the Jewish version they made all those years ago, it is almost identical.
Yoykh soup is a very sacred dish, served as a side dish during the time of Passover. It has many uses and is considered a good meal for good health and a very easy to prepare and cook religious dish. Passover is one of the most sacred times for Jewish people, meaning this soup has very sacred meaning behind it, as it is served especially during this sacred time. The diversity and cultural background behind the soup make it very unique and special, which will be very fun to prepare and cook myself.
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Religion and food
The making of Yoykh soup
Yoykh soup is a dish that is served as a side during the Jewish Passover. It is referred to as “Jewish penicillin” as it is claimed to bring good health. In my contraction of the dish I learned this dish is very simple and easy to make, and it really does seem to feel good to eat. The ingredients are easy to acquire and can be made in such a fashion that no animals were harmed. The dish can be made in a variety of ways to accustom the needs and practices of other religions.
In the making of the soup, my budget was kept cheap with the minimal amount of ingredients required. I started off with getting some broth to use, and heating that up on the oven top. I then took out and thawed a piece of chicken. When ready, I cut the chicken into small slices for the soup, and frying them also on the oven top. Then I got my noodles ready, and boiled them in water on the oven top. The water from the noodles was drained out, and the noodles were placed in the broth. Once fully done, the chicken was taken out and put into the pot of broth and noodles. And that is the procedure for one of the simpler versions of this Jewish Passover side dish.
Buddhists would probably stay away from this version of the dish for the fact that it contains an animal. One difference in Jewish practices compared to Buddhist practices, is that Buddhists do not eat meat, as Jewish people still do. If you were accommodating this dish to a group, it might be wise to make sure the chicken should or shouldn’t be added for religious purposes.
The overall taste of the dish was very warm and satisfying, making it obvious why it is a dish served when somebody is ill. I very much enjoyed how fast and cost effective this dish was, which is very surprising considering how delicious it was. The variety of foods you can add to the dish make it able to be enjoyed by almost everybody.
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