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Eat (Together). Pray (Together). Live.

Recently, I read an amazing statistic that validated every decision I’ve ever made: Loneliness is as dangerous as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Even if you’re a regular gym-goer, social isolation puts you at risk of significant health complications and premature death. This means—I’m extrapolating—that it is far healthier to share giant fistfuls of challah and drink copious glasses of ... Read More »

The Deal with Dill

Dr. Elliot Weinstein has a love affair with pickles. Ever since he discovered an old family recipe for making them, Weinstein’s become something of a pickling evangelist. This spring, he’ll be bringing his expertise to the new Jewish Food Festival and teaching a pickle-making workshop, and he couldn’t be more excited about the prospect.   Weinstein’s love for pickles ironically ... Read More »

Let’s Eat!

I love to eat and keep kosher, and the two go together. Our sages teach, “In the future a person will give a judgment and accounting of all that he (or she) saw and did not consume” (Jerusalem Talmud, Kiddushin 48:2). We are encouraged to enjoy the vast array of foods. To turn away from a tasty treat is to ... Read More »

Just Do It!

Nike got a lot of us up, and running, with their slogan, “Just do it.” But looking at the state of our health and wellness in America, it seems, that slogan has gone by the wayside. Obesity, depression, diabetes, and other mental and physical health issues are at epidemic levels, and the cost of health care is rising. So, just ... Read More »

Practicing Mindfulness

I can’t smell cinnamon rolls without thinking about my grandmother baking sweet pecan sticky buns in our kitchen. Just catching a whiff of a familiar scent, our brain can transport us back in time, connecting smells to people, places, or experiences from various times of our lives. We can utilize this powerful phenomenon to connect us with the wonders of ... Read More »

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