Rambam’s Principles of Health: Vinegar

Rambam mentions the benefit of eating vinegar in the summer. During the hard gleaning work in the heat of the sun Boaz tells Ruth: “dip your pita in vinegar”. Both Rashi and Eben Ezra explain that vinegar helps alleviate heat. Vinegar is an important healing food in Chinese medicine. It enters the liver and stomach […]

Rambam’s Principles of Health: Cooling and Warming Foods

 A person whose flesh is hot should not eat meat and honey and should not drink wine, as the king Salomon said in an allegory, “it is not good to eat much honey.” He should drink water from endive (chicory) even if it is bitter, as he should drink and eat the way of healing […]

Shavuot 5770 / 2010

In addition to the regular festival prayers on Shavuot morning, there are three special highlights.  First, the Torah reading on the first day is the Revelation of the Ten Commandments.  The second is the reading of Akdamot, liturgical poems of the loyalty of the Jews to the Torah.  Third, on the second day of Shavuot, […]