Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Living on Sunlight

(NY Daily News)  Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger reports that a woman starved to death after embarking on a spiritual diet that required her to stop eating or drinking and live off sunlight alone.

The Zurich newspaper reported Wednesday that the unnamed Swiss woman in her fifties decided to follow the radical fast in 2010 after viewing an Austrian documentary about an Indian guru who claims to have lived this way for 70 years.

Tages-Anzeiger says there have been similar cases of self-starvation in Germany, Britain and Australia.

The Jewish way is to turn EVERY act into spirituality.  Eat and drink…the proper things at the proper time with a blessing and you’ve turned your eating and drinking into a spiritual act.

Your Jewish spiritual diet includes food and drink, and is still spiritual!  We bring heaven down to earth.  No need to die from fasting (G-d forbid) to achieve spirituality.

1 comments:

Tali said...

[My filter wouldn't let me post under the proper blog post, so I'm posting here, but really, it belongs to the post above it!]

It is very important that you posted against gay legitimization, Reb Gutman. Even groups within the frum community are leaning toward legitimatizing gay relationships. Kol hakavod.

"Gay rights" is the new big movement. I remember when everyone was fighting starvation in Africa. All the celebrities even jumped into that. Now every flaps on about gay rights. People are still starving to death in Africa, but all anyone cares about is for official recognition of gay marriage. How heartless. (And absurd, seeing as 95% of male gay "marriages" don't even make it to the 20-year mark and hardly any of male gay couples maintain monogamy for more than 2 years...so what are people fight for exactly?)

Furthermore, a majority of homosexuals were violated or had (what they perceived as) a distant or absent relationship with their father. It isn't a coincidence that the rise of single-parent homes in Western society (due to divorce or premarital irresponsibility) has coincided with the rise of this phenomenon. Fathers matter.

Involved fathers automatically protect against such abuse, although, tragically, nothing is 100% full-proof. Predators target children whom the predator perceives as "available" and can be convinced not to confide in the parents. Also, men being perceived as more "threatening" than women is a boon as an obviously protective and involved father is more likely to deter a predator.

But back to the topic at hand, Gays need therapy and compassion, not indulgence.

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