November 7, 2007

Health & Torah

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 1:07 am

There is a certain level of Torah study which protects the body from physical illness and weakness but this is a very hard level to attain and to keep. If a person is not at this state, they must pay attention to the needs of the body.

It is the Torah way not only take care of the soul but also the body. In fact, anything physical that we have been given has to be taken care of and not neglected. Too many religious people are unhealthy and we have to take aside a bit of time each week to exercise. If the body is weak, it also weakens the soul. Therefore, there should be a proper balance of sport & physical activity.


  1. Exercise and Torah are not separate! Everything is connected. Try exercising and listening to a shiur with whatever electronic device you use! Or meditating on a lofty concept…I daven when I wash my dishes (and I don’t mean from a siddur–but from my heart for fellow yidden).

    Comment by Hila — November 7, 2007 @ 4:36 am

  2. You don’t try to reduce your Gashmeus so that the majority of you is ruchnius?

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — November 7, 2007 @ 4:38 am

  3. With weightlifting, you are causing yourself physical pain. As they say, no pain no gain. So therefore, you are actually teaching yourself to bittle your mind from feeling the struggles of the body. With the right mindset, this could be turned into a chassidic art of learning to elevate about the physical.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — November 7, 2007 @ 6:43 pm

  4. Shalom Reb Moshe.

    I believe that reading the Scriptures endows a person with health and trust, no matter what is going on around them. I have read the Scriptures from cover to cover for the past twenty-five years and have excellent health and fitness for my age, I am 75.
    I never really thought about it until I read your blog. Blessed be Hashem.

    Comment by Pam Cremer (UK) — November 16, 2007 @ 2:06 am

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