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Whatever holiday you are celebrating, remember to include the spring greens!
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Writer Marcelene Cox quips, "Two important things to teach a child: to do and to do without.
Those simple words give over the essence of the important lesson of Leviticus 9-11, also known as parshas Shmini. "Concluding the 7 days of inauguration for the Mishkan (Portable Sanctuary), Aaron, the High Priest, brings sacrifices for himself and the entire nation. Nadav and Avihu, sons of Aaron, bring an incense offering on their own initiative, and are consumed by a heavenly fire (perhaps the only time when someone did something wrong and was immediately hit by "lightning")..The Cohanim are commanded not to serve while intoxicated".
What happened to poor Nadav and Avihu? They made up their mind to do it their way. They wanted to add their own personal flourishs, without regard for what was commanded of them. Were they intoxicated? No doubt their heads were spinning with the grandeur of the job they were called upon to do, and their great good fortune. They disregarded the pure and simple truth that had been revealed. They forgot they were the representatives of the community, not its oracles.
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Recently, I read Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book "Eat To Live". (I recommend you go to Dr. Fuhrman's website and do a search on Food Pyramid. His award winning food chart has already gained large acceptance in medical and non-medical communities).
While there is a lot of detail about many different nutritional studies in this book, the unequivocable bottom line is that the American diet is killing us. Physicians, teachers, and others do our generation and the next generation a great disservice when they teach the conventionally accepted "Food Pyramid". It is shocking how much we have lost when we consider the consequences of drilling this misinformation into our children's heads.
All I can say is, "Physician! First do no harm!"
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I could whine here all day long. "Teach a child: to do and to do without."
But I think I'll just be quiet now and finish what's on my plate (starting with the leafy green vegetables).