Why it matters
Eating together helps people connect; helps bond individuals into a collaborative whole, whether family, a gathering, or corporate.
It doesn’t matter what it is that you do, you need something to bring the family or team together — something that says we’re special, we value each other, and we’re in this together.
Food, dress, ceremony, celebration… rituals are developed around these types of things. When we carry out these rituals, we are behaving as expected. We are acknowledging that we belong to this group. We are respecting others in the group. Tight-knit communities have learned, survived, and prospered, by working and playing together.
A Balti (Tibetan) proverb:
“The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger.
The second time you take tea, you are an honoured guest.
The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family.”
We come together as a group, renew our spirits, and refocus our energy on the challenge ahead.
Breaking of Bread
Bread (challah) is a staple of Jewish diet; breaking bread a usual part of any meal.
The “breaking of bread” is something which is done only in the context of a meal. In fact, the Talmud (Jewish Oral Law) uses the term only in reference to the blessing at the start of the meal. At every meal, it was, and is, the custom to have bread and wine. The one who recited the blessing, ie. “breaks bread”, did so while literally breaking the bread at the beginning of the meal.
Who are you breaking bread with tonight? on Saturday night?