Food provides us with the physical strength to do our work, but eating is also a major spiritual responsibility. The Sages explain that there is a soul within every piece of food. The souls within food can’t do anything by themselves, but once the food becomes part of us, our actions also become connected to the actions of the food’s soul. A positive action on our part, then, becomes connected to the soul in the food as well, and we help to elevate that soul. Keep an awareness of this responsibility when eating today. Chew your food longer and slower than usual. Ask yourself what positive actions you want this food to help you accomplish this week.