Rabbi's Message

  • June 17, 2016


    The following thought is from Rav Zelig Pliskin, a rabbi, psychologist, and prolific author, who is the director of Aish HaTorah's Counseling Center and a senior lecturer at Aish's Essentials program and the Executive Learning Center.

    Have a great Shabbos.

    Since it is a Torah mitzvah to guard one's health, it is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We should eat food that is beneficial to our overall health, being mindful of the quality of the food we eat, and of the quantity. Too much of a good thing can be detrimental to our well-being. We need to walk each day. We also need a sufficient amount of sleep to maintain our health.

    Encouraging people to maintain a healthy lifestyle is a mitzvah. Encouraging people to eat healthful food is a mitzvah. Encouraging people to walk each day is a mitzvah. Encouraging people to get sufficient sleep is a mitzvah.

    My father's teacher, the Chofetz Chaim, would personally extinguish the lamps in his yeshiva at night so his students would get enough sleep. Rabbi Avigdor Miller walked for an hour each day and encouraged others to do the same.