Jewish Texts on Hunger
(טז) פּוֹתֵ֥חַ אֶת־יָדֶ֑ךָ וּמַשְׂבִּ֖יעַ לְכָל־חַ֣י רָצֽוֹן׃

You give it [food] open-handedly, feeding every creature to its heart's content.

Suggested Discussion Questions

1. According to this text, who is responsible to feed humanity?

2. How can you reconcile this text with the reality that many people in the world are hungry?

(ב) וַיֹּ֕אמֶר הִנֵּ֣ה שָׁמַ֔עְתִּי כִּ֥י יֶשׁ־שֶׁ֖בֶר בְּמִצְרָ֑יִם רְדוּ־שָׁ֙מָּה֙ וְשִׁבְרוּ־לָ֣נוּ מִשָּׁ֔ם וְנִחְיֶ֖ה וְלֹ֥א נָמֽוּת׃

"Now I hear," he (Jacob) went on, "that there are rations to be had in Egypt. Go down and procure rations for us there, that we may live and not die." [JPS translation

Suggested Discussion Questions

1. What would cause people to migrate for food? What are the ramifications of this journey for Jacob's children?

2. People often migrate in search of food, employment and safety. What does this text teach us about migration for these purposes?