With Chanuka but a few weeks behind us, I am reminded of something I heard in a shiur over Chanukah. If you look carefully at the Al HaNissim T’fillah, we say that “Afterward, they arranged the sanctuary, purified the temple, and lit the candles in the holy courtyard.” Notice that before the Jews got to the main
Many of you surely remember the 1960s, when the United States and the Soviet Union were embroiled in the space race. As we all know, the USA won, eventually landing a man on the moon. In spite of many bumps along the way, they reached President Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the moon before the
Since the 1980’s, a very popular ingredient in Kosher cooking has been margarine. Margarine can transform kugels, cakes and desserts into creamy, pareve delights. Although margarine and shortening are staples in most Jewish homes, there is an increasing awareness that these man-made products, known as trans fats, can cause serious health problems. First, a brief
We’ve all been there. You are at a Chassidic concert, the singer and orchestra are singing a beautiful song lifting your Neshoma to new heights, and then all of a sudden, you hear a loud, disruptive ring coming from the pocket of the man sitting three rows in front of you. Your moment is ruined! Perhaps you are in the
When was the last time you felt really good, happy and content? Many of us experience periods of emotional distress. The three tools of gratitude, acceptance and self-compassion can help us bring more peace and joy into our lives. (1) Gratitude According to research, being grateful increases our happiness. Begin your day expressing appreciation to
The Program for Jewish Genetic Health, a joint initiative of Yeshiva University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, recently launched a new online educational resource called the GeneSights Jewish Genetics Online Educational Series, to educate people about the various genetic health conditions that affect the Jewish community. The website, www.genesights.com, is free to registered
When we think of exercise, many of us automatically think more about aerobic exercise than anything else. After all, it is very important that we exercise our heart and lungs most days of the week and walking is something that almost anyone can do, it isn’t that hard to fit it in and it costs
Sixty or seventy years ago, eating out in a restaurant or buying takeout food was practically nonexistent in our community. A kosher eatery was very rare in those times, most people probably weren’t able to spend any extra money on what at the time was an extravagance. Even in the non–Jewish world, the idea of
When we formulate a food plan, we focus on our food intake. But learning how to eat mindfully while enjoying and savoring each bite of food is just as important.
It is no secret: eating breakfast can be the key to shedding unwanted pounds and living a more healthy lifestyle.