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Jewish Anorexia

Wednesday, 15 June, 2011 - 3:53 pm

Anorexia is a condition that affects many people. The short explanation of the condition is an obsessive fear of gaining weight. Regardless of if the person is actually underweight they are still afraid to eat. Thank G-d it is treatable. 

But what is Jewish anorexia? The term anorexia literally means no appetite. When a person has no appetite to feed their soul and they are starving their soul. They may have a fear of being labeled "too Jewish" or not "religious enough". As someone said if I even start to do more Mitzvot I'll never be religious enough which is not true(video). 

In this weeks Torah portion it talks about when the Jewish people sent spies to prepare to conquer the land of Israel. Ten of those “spies” came back and said "We are unable to go up against the people, for they are stronger than us… We appeared like grasshoppers in our eyes, and that's how we were in their eyes." (Numbers 13:31-33) 

The issue they had was that they looked at themselves as grasshoppers. They looked at themselves as "overweight" they looked at themselves as “too Jewish". This psychological condition caused a condition of no appetite to conquer the land even with miracles. 

What is the treatment? For classic anorexia consult a physician.

However the treatment for Jewish anorexia is a 3 step daily process

Learn, Connect and Act 
Learn - Add Torah to your diet 
Connect - Add Tefilla to your daily regimen 
Act - Add a tangible mitzvah to your life.


Torah Study - add it to your daily schedule and make it a priority, even 5 minutes if that's all you can afford need ideas? Browse our website click here or follow us on twitter and get regular updates by clicking here. 

Tefilla - generally translated as prayer the word tefilla in Hebrew also means connecting! Connect with Hashem in the morning when you wake up and in the evening before you go to bed by saying the Shema

Tangible Mitzvah 
Men - put on Tefillin  
Women – Light Shabbat Candles  
Families - Get a kosher mezuzah for your house and kiss it on your way out the door in the morning (already have a mezuzah? Get it checked
Everybody - put a coin in the charity box (reply to this email if you need one) or in the echaritybox

And dont forget to join us @ shul this Shabbos, but come feeling like a person not a grasshopper and in this mindset we can conquer our biggest fears and reach “the promised land” 

See you Friday night 6pm AND Shabbos morning 10 am followed by a light kiddush/oneg. 

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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