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Sep 16, 2014

Interesting Psak: Dieting on the Holiday

Walla brings us the latest interesting psak...

People often joke about Shabbos and holidays saying that on these days "calories don't count", meaning one can eat without concern of gaining weight or health ramifications...

Turns out, a rabbi has now announced this as  official psak..

Rav Efraim Zalminovitch, rav of Mazkeret Batya, said that all jews should spoil themselves and eat good food on the coming holidays. Rav Zalminovitch said that God promised to cover the bill. As well, dieting, not under doctors orders, is not recommended to be done during holidays or on Shabbos. It is a mitzva to spoil ourselves and enjoy the holiday, as that will effect a satisfaction and calmness that will lead to spiritual upliftment.

Rav Zalminovitch added that he believes God will cover all the expenses of the holidays, as an additional budget separate from the annual budget allocated from heaven on Rosh Hashana.

Rav Zalminovitch added further that people should not allow the difficult economic situation and high cost of living to ruin the holidays and Shabbos. Dieting is for weekdays, not for holidays and Shabbos.

What can I say? I hope he is right.

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1 comment:

  1. "Good food" can have various meanings. Ideally, what we eat should be nutritious, taste good, satsfy our appetite, and not be eaten to the point of gluttony.


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