Newsletter Issue # 29 – May 9, 2012

The UJA-Federation of New York have set a Guinness World Record by making  1,660 sandwiches in one hour to be donated to feed the hungry. After recording the event for Guinness World Record certification, the sandwiches were donated to the Queens Jewish Community Council in Forest Hills and to the Long Island-based Interfaith Nutrition Network.The sandwich marathon was part of the annual Mitzvah Day, dedicated to doing good deeds to benefit local Jewish communities.

The Torah does not permit us to count persons. That is a great lesson since people are not numbers. They are individual souls that is created in God’s image. We have learned all too tragically what happens is when people cease to be human and become nothing but numbers. The Torah does permit and  even mandates  the counting of days.

In his new book, “Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People,” Harry Ostrer, claims that Jews are different, and the differences are not just skin deep. Jews exhibit, he writes, a distinctive genetic signature. Ostrer a medical geneticist and professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, said that the Nazis tried to exterminate Jews based on their supposed racial distinctiveness, such a conclusion might be a cause for concern.

A Hebrew University archaeologist has uncovered spectacular evidence that confirms the reign of King David and that non-Jews believed in one Creator. The architecture that was uncovered pre-dates the First Temple built by King Solomon. The discovery of objects found in the ruins called  Khirbet Qeiyafa, a fortified border city in the Kingdom of Judah adjacent to the Valley of Elah.

Back in 1987 at Camp Tamarack, three Jewish white boys at a Jewish summer camp pretending to be three Jewish white boy rappers and called The Beastie Boys. Then I heard the horrible news that Adam Yauch (“MCA”) had succumbed to his cancer fight and passed away.

Boxer Miguel Cotto lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a unanimous decision in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Miguel Cotto sports a tattoo on his right collarbone that represents the kosher symbol used by the Orthodox Union. Cotto got the symbol tattooed on him as a gesture for a Jewish friend. Seeing Cotto’s tattoo again during his fight have people wondring if there might be any legal ramifications to Cotto sporting a trademarked image in such a public way.

Choose, Sit, Commit, Acknowledge, Pace, Chew, Complete. This is a taste of Authentic Jewish Eating. Eating mindfully doesn’t just involve your brain-based intellect. In the Jewish tradition, mindful eating is making more informed choices not only about what you eat, but also the way in which you eat.

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