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#HealthyLifestyle Ambassador

May 2, 2014

 “I live this unhealthy lifestyle…I don’t get sick…justify unhealthy lifestyle” – Wil Anderson – Australian stand-up, host, producer, and all-around powerhouse of broadcasting

Below is a summary of Parsha Emor from – The Torah section of Emor (“Speak”) begins with the special laws pertaining to the kohanim (“priests”), the kohen gadol (“high priest”), and the Temple service: A kohen may not become ritually impure through contact with a dead body, save on the occasion of the death of a close relative. A kohen may not marry a divorcee, or a woman with a promiscuous past; a kohen gadol can marry only a virgin. A kohen with a physical deformity cannot serve in the Holy Temple, nor can a deformed animal be brought as an offering.

A newborn calf, lamb or kid must be left with its mother for seven days before being eligible for an offering; one may not slaughter an animal and its offspring on the same day.

The second part of Emor lists the annual Callings of Holiness—the festivals of the Jewish calendar: the weekly Shabbat; the bringing of the Passover offering on 14 Nissan; the seven-day Passover festival beginning on 15 Nissan; the bringing of the Omer offering from the first barley harvest on the second day of Passover, and the commencement, on that day, of the 49-day Counting of the Omer, culminating in the festival of Shavuot on the fiftieth day; a “remembrance of shofar blowing” on 1 Tishrei; a solemn fast day on 10 Tishrei; the Sukkot festival—during which we are to dwell in huts for seven days and take the “Four Kinds”—beginning on 15 Tishrei; and the immediately following holiday of the “eighth day” of Sukkot (Shemini Atzeret).

Next the Torah discusses the lighting of the menorah in the Temple, and the showbread (lechem hapanim) placed weekly on the table there.

Emor concludes with the incident of a man executed for blasphemy, and the penalties for murder (death) and for injuring one’s fellow or destroying his property (monetary compensation).

Over the last few months people have made comments to me regarding food, health and beer. Below are some of the examples:

  • Last week I was at an engagement party and a friend came up to me and said “Ian, there is nothing you would eat on the table”. At the time I was eyeing a beautiful looking macaroon! Besides on the table there was also fresh fruit, nuts and some dried fruit; and
  • A few weeks ago a friend, Aubrey Levy was totally surprised that he had seen me eat potato chips and even went and told Loren that I had eaten some. I think he was in shock!
  • Last week a friend, Andre Baruch said after seeing my various social media posts – “Ian, I understand the healthy food, I understand the exercise, I understand the coffee, but where does the beer fit in?” For the record I love craft beer.


Below are some points I have taken Rabbi Sacks’s latest Blog – Emor (5774) – On Not Being Afraid of Greatness[1] –

“Embedded in this week’s parsha are two of the most fundamental commands of Judaism – commands that touch on the very nature of Jewish identity.

Do not desecrate My holy name. I must be sanctified among the Israelites. I am the Lord, who made you holy and who brought you out of Egypt to be your G-d. I am the Lord.’ (Leviticus 22: 32)

The two commands are respectively the prohibition against desecrating G-d’s name, Chillul Hashem, and the positive corollary, Kiddush Hashem, that we are commanded to sanctify G-d’s name. What are these commands and what do they mean?

First we have to understand the concept of “name” as it applies to G-d. a name is how we are known to others. G-d’s “name” is therefore His standing in the world. Do people acknowledge Him, respect Him, honour Him?

We are all, like it or not, ambassadors of the Jewish people, and how we live, behave and treat others reflects not only on us as individuals but on Jewry as a whole, and thus on Judaism and the G-d of Israel.”

run blogI noticed the following in an article on Luke and Scott’s[2] book “Clean Eating” in the Herald Sun last week. Luke and Scott follow a Paleo diet, but the 5 steps they listed for clean living apply to all diets – “eat real, eat whole, eat clean, eat local, keep moving”

Today I noticed an article 30 Healthy Habits for Triathletes[3] from an Ironman tweet. The introduction of this article was very relevant – “Triathletes tend to seek out training tips for that extra performance edge. They endlessly debate race-day nutrition that will somehow provide more energy. But without a healthy body, even the most well-meaning advice might throw you off course. It’s simple: being healthy reduces injuries, speeds recovery, helps muscles work better and leads to a more balanced body. By removing the roadblocks that prevent natural progress, you can quickly improve training and racing.” The article goes on to list the 30 habits. Worth a read.

Rabbi Sacks completes his blog with the following – “G-d trusted us enough to make us His ambassadors to an often faithless, brutal world. The choice is ours. Will our lives be a Kiddush Hashem, or G-d forbid, the opposite? To have done something, even one act in a lifetime, to make someone grateful that there is a G-d in heaven who inspires people to do good on earth, is perhaps the greatest achievement to which anyone can aspire.”

Gary PlayerOver the last few years I have tried to convey this message of a healthy lifestyle and I passionately believe in such a lifestyle. So I would assume that I am a #HealthyLifestyle Ambassador. As a person who Blogs and posts pictures etc of my healthy lifestyle I do believe I have a duty to practice what I preach. I as Aubrey noticed am not perfect in all my actions, but I do try my utmost to inspire other and to help other in my quest. I noticed the following Tweet from Gary Player – “Actions vrs Words…”

I do not profess to be an expert in this field, so thought this quote was pretty good – “And today, here is my advice: ignore all nutrition advice. Just eat well. And give to charity, hug the kids, help the frail, laugh at yourself, read widely, be generous and drink good wine. Sheesh! Don’t complicate life.” – Glenn Cardwell[4]. Instead of wine I drink – Good Craft Beer!



[2] Currently two of Australia’s most popular and recognisable new faces, Luke Hines and Scott Gooding embody the ‘clean living’ lifestyle. As personal trainers, enthusiastic amateur chefs, fun and genuinely likeable Australian blokes, Luke and Scott have an important health message to share and a clever and inspiring way of sharing it.


[4] Glenn is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with 30 years in clinical and public health nutrition, including 10 years as consultant dietitian to the National Heart Foundation, five years at the Children’s Hospital in Sydney and was a major player in establishing the WA School Canteen Association in 1994. He began his nutrition consultancy company, Nutrition Impact P/L, in 1996.


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  1. Andre Baruch permalink

    Glad i could help inspire writing this!

    Enjoy the beers!

    And everything else too …

    Shabbat Shalom

  2. Sandra Pamensky permalink

    Always enjoy reading your blog and learn something new…thanks!

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