120px-School_bus_invasion By Donna Iken | May 22nd, 2012 | 162 Comments SHARE RELATED STORIES FROM iCap: Keeping Jewish Day School Accessible to Middle-Income Families OU Convention 2012 ORTHODOX UNION AND JEWISH LEADERSHIP COALITION FOR SCHOOL CHOICE TO HOLD VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE IN HOLLYWOOD AND BOCA RATON FROM 9-10-12 THROUGH 9-24-12 Worth Reading: Granting Tuition Reductions In Day Schools: A New Approach COMMENTS melb au Well said… and thanks for making a critical point that virtually never addressed. Yehudit virtually never addressed? How about “addressed by Jew haters all over”? Thankyou, author, for feeding into the common stereotypical view of orthodox Jews as overweight gluttons. You could certainly have written this article without the lashon hara. Making a comparison between immodest dress and unhealthy food is totally ridiculous. Compare what the Torah says about these issues. Nowhere is there any suggestion that Hashem’s Presence and Divine protection will leave the Jewish people if they indulge in rugelach or potato chips. A healthy body is important. A healthy mind is far more important. Living a moral life is more important. Most of us are not gluttons even if we are overweight. (Genetics predispose many Jews to put on weight easily, as scientific studies have shown.) This is not to disparage the value of being healthy. But being obsessed with health is not an ideal either. What the Rambam also writes, not quoted by the author, is that simply by avoiding overeating, and exercising ( which can be something as simple as fast walking), one can occasionally indulge in unhealthy foods and remain unharmed. Yes, we should be careful about our health. But we should be even more careful about maligning our own community and buying all the prejudice that the outside world throws at us. Judith The author might be interested in Rabbi Emmanuel Feldman’s essay in Mishpacha titled “People of the Cookbook”… and if it’s of real importance to him, sponsor a weekly Kiddush that features vegetable salads, fruit soups, lentils, sprouted beans and sweet potatoes at his schul instead of the usual potato/meat/more potato -based fare. He can host a healthy Melava Malka or “Shaloshudis” perhaps start a trend. Lots of people would follow. Chocolate is healthy in reasonable amounts, I believe, so please keep that on the menu. Best of luck. Harvey Opps Funny how machmir we are about fish and meat together as a Sakanah, when most of our eating lifestyle consists of food laden with hormones, chemicals, toxins, pesticides, HFCS, bad fats, sodas, truly not fit for human consumption, also a Sakanah.