The first half of this week’s parasha discusses the consecration of the mishkan, the Tabernacle, and in the second half of the parasha the Jewish dietary laws are presented. This suggests that kashrut is an attempt to expand the consciousness of the mishkan and its Divine service into our daily lives. While Heinrich Heine famously declared the Torah as the portable home of the Jew, we can say that the dietary laws are the Jews’ portable Synagogue and gives eating – our attempt to stay alive – a framework of prayerful holiness.