Religion has influenced food in both broad and intricate ways, including ideas of feasting, fasting and revered ingredients. Be it dates for iftar or cholent for Sabbath, all food has a reason for being at the table. Outside of Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam, wine and bread are indispensable. Bonding, especially spiritual, is encouraged. The idea is to gather, with presence of mind, to celebrate an observance of the divine. Fridays and Sundays are salient, reserved for elaborate meals with the family. The meal represent a means of escape from daily and/or working life. When in doubt, go for salvation.
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