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 OJD  Vol.9 No.4 , November 2020
Belonging, Togetherness and Food Rituals
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Abstract: In this article I highlighted the importance of belonging, togetherness, and interpersonal support, and examined eating rituals, in various cultures and religions, that emphasize that food is not just for the body, but can nurture the soul and bond people.
Cite this paper: Rokach, A. (2020) Belonging, Togetherness and Food Rituals. Open Journal of Depression, 9, 77-85. doi: 10.4236/ojd.2020.94007.
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