September 14, 2008

Eating leads to holiness

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 5:58 pm

Rebbe Nachman says that if he had a choice of all the sinful desires in the world overcoming or the desire of the opposite sex, he would choose to overcome this alone. This means that too him, the desire for sweet foods is secondary. Now instead of coming across different then the holy Rebbe, I have chosen to understand this in the following way.
Recently, I have taken upon myself a healthy diet with no sweets or snacks ever. I’m also going to the gym 3x a week to workout. I have also taken upon myself to eat out less and maintain high standards of Kosherous. Realizing that sometimes I might forget my after brachos, I am paying closer attention to this not to become laps. I see without a doubt a higher level of thinking and purity from these actions. This in turn is helping overcome all the other faults in my nature. Of course, I am led to believe strongly in the teachings of Rav Aharon Rott that proper food kavanah is how you draw strength spiritually or visa verse. Everything depends on this. So, how can this fit in with the teachings of Rebbe Nachman. Well, obviously when he spoke about eating sweets and the desire for food, only the rich in his time period had the sweets that we have today. I mean the general diet of most folks today is more delicious they the Kings had back then. Our diet consists of daily sugar, sodas, snacks, chocolate and tasty breaded meats. It is rare you find anything without sugar and if you do, it has artificial sweeteners. So I think that when the Rebbe meant that you should rather eat sweets then sin with the bris, well he still meant that the person would eat leshaim shamayim and properly. Because if not, the satan would simply draw even more energy from the bad eating habits and have double the power for his next attack. He just meant, if you can solve your issues with chocolate instead of sin, well go ahead and eat your chocolate. But non-the-less, it goes without saying that you are making a holy bracha on that chocolate that lifts it out of klipah nogah, into the greatest holiness. Therefore, we must take upon ourselves healthier eating styles with holiness. We must break our bodies not by fasting as well the custom of old but by being physically healthy and in shape. The klipah will draw from any weakness of our body that is due to an unhealthy lifestyle.

If you recall a few months ago, I had mentioned that I would keep everyone informed on my progress and thoughts on working out. I had said that I was expecting better results spiritually from my weekly workouts. So finally I can now say that I do feel a difference. Working out has helped me to get rid of tivas achilah, the craving of unnecessary foods which can be considered sinful. It has brought me to think clearer and more positive. All because of my desire to get rid of bad fats and gain more healthy muscle so I can have more physical strength to not be lazy in my life. It did take 8 months at the gym but the results are now starting to show. While I won’t be flexing my new muscles on the next TorahVideo to show you, I hope you will hear a more clearer speaker and teacher because I am also sleeping better. Releasing stress at the gym is a form of hisbodidus and meditation. When lifting the weights, I am lifting my burdens and pushing through them. I am breaking the hold of the “I can’ts” and turning them into the “I can”.


  1. Have you lost weight at all yet? I remember you looked a bit plumpy in your channukah videos!!

    And I believe in Noam Elimelech, the Rebbe of Lizhensk says that the taste of food is the actual elevation of the sparks.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — September 15, 2008 @ 1:29 am

  2. If you say something like that you have to quote it or be sure as it sounds interesting.
    Someone said I did something wrong in my weight lifting tonight. I responded, the gemarah says it this way. So I told a few guys I would make a bodybuilding sefer based on the gemarah. Everything is there. Much of it in mesechdas brachos.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — September 15, 2008 @ 5:39 am

  3. It is actually written in Rebbe Elimeklech’s Tzeitel Katon, which is a pamphlet written by the rebbe, published in most editions of Noam Elimelech.

    You can find the idea on bulletin Tes Vav, towards the middle.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — September 15, 2008 @ 7:25 am

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