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205. Foods to Avoid
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PLEASE NOTE: The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch incorporated in his work what was the best available medical data of his day. We are presenting his thoughts on these matters without additional commentary. Please be sure to consult with your rabbi on matters of halacha and with your doctor on matters of health and well-being. 32:14 We […]
204. Chewing One’s Food
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PLEASE NOTE: The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch incorporated in his work what was the best available medical data of his day. We are presenting his thoughts on these matters without additional commentary. Please be sure to consult with your rabbi on matters of halacha and with your doctor on matters of health and well-being. 32:12 In […]
203. When to Eat
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32:10 The best time to eat is when one is legitimately hungry. Legitimate hunger is when the stomach is empty, as opposed to when someone just desires to eat a particular food. The first is called ra’av in Hebrew, meaning hunger; the second is called tei’avon, meaning appetite. A healthy person could eat two meals […]
202. Different Types of Food
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32:8 An example of an “average” food is wheat bread, not from very fine flour but with some whole grain, lightly salted and oven-baked. Lambs and kids are a good type of meat, but one should avoid the entrails and the head. Older animals are harder to digest. Poultry is easier to digest than red […]
201. Before and After Eating
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32:6 One should walk or engage in some other exercise before eating. This is alluded to in the phrase “By the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread” (Genesis 3:19) and “and not eat the bread of idleness” (Proverbs 21:37). One should loosen his belt before eating, sit in one place while eating or […]
200. More about Digestion
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32:4 When one is young, his digestive system is robust and he needs to eat more often than one who is middle aged. An older person, who is weaker, must eat more-easily digestible food, in smaller quantities, in order to maintain his strength. 32:5 In the summer, digestive organs are more sluggish from the heat, […]
199. Healthy Digestion
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32:2 God created man with a normal body temperature that is part of his continuing existence. We have to “fuel the fire” of this heat with the food we eat. The food we digest nourishes the body and waste is expelled. This is expressed in the blessing of “Asher Yatzar,” that God created us to […]
198. Safeguarding Our Health
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31:7 When one is involved in his business to earn a living, his intention should be more than just to get rich. He should intend that he is working to support his family, to give charity, and to raise his sons to study Torah. As a general rule, a person should evaluate everything he does. […]
197. Marital Relations, Conversation
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31:5 When it comes to sexual activity, it goes without saying that one may not engage in forbidden relations. Rather, when it comes to permitted relations, if one did it solely to satisfy his physical urges, it is considered crude. Even if he did it intending to have children to help him and ultimately to […]
196. Sitting, Standing, Walking, Lying Down
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31:3 When it comes to sitting, standing and walking, it goes without saying that we do not sit with scoffers, stand with sinners or walk following the advice of evil people. Rather, even when sitting with upright people, standing among the righteous and walking according to the direction of good people, it is not meritorious […]