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September 4, 2014

keep-calm-and-have-a-rest-2“: Get a good night’s sleep, stay hydrated, exercise and, meditate before that big day at work.” – Tweet from @roblouw6[1]

Below is Parsha (Torah Portion) Ki Teitzei in a Nutshell from

Seventy-four of the Torah’s 613 commandments (mitzvot) are in the Parshah of Ki Teitzei. These include the laws of the beautiful captive, the inheritance rights of the firstborn, the wayward and rebellious son, burial and dignity of the dead, returning a lost object, sending away the mother bird before taking her young, the duty to erect a safety fence around the roof of one’s home, and the various forms of kilayim (forbidden plant and animal hybrids).

Also recounted are the judicial procedures and penalties for adultery, for the rape or seduction of an unmarried girl, and for a husband who falsely accuses his wife of infidelity. The following cannot marry a person of Jewish lineage: a mamzer (someone born from an adulterous or incestuous relationship); a male of Moabite or Ammonite descent; a first- or second-generation Edomite or Egyptian.

Our Parshah also includes laws governing the purity of the military camp; the prohibition against turning in an escaped slave; the duty to pay a worker on time, and to allow anyone working for you—man or animal—to “eat on the job”; the proper treatment of a debtor, and the prohibition against charging interest on a loan; the laws of divorce (from which are also derived many of the laws of marriage); the penalty of thirty-nine lashes for transgression of a Torah prohibition; and the procedures for yibbum (“levirate marriage”) of the wife of a deceased childless brother, or chalitzah (“removing of the shoe”) in the case that the brother-in-law does not wish to marry her.

Ki Teitzei concludes with the obligation to remember “what Amalek did to you on the road, on your way out of Egypt.”

“Just looking forward to the rest day after a long week of @lavuelta .To all the rest have a good start into the new wee” – Tweet from @f_cancellara (His English is not great, but he is a brilliant cyclist).

I decided last week to make this week a bit of a REST WEEK and reduce my training. As a middle-aged man, I think there are times when you need to take it a bit easier. I have an entire season of triathlon ahead. I am pretty disciplined in my training and planning. In planning this week’s training I said to myself I was going to ride on Tuesday. On Monday when I went to bed it was raining. At 3:30am on Tuesday morning it was still raining, but I was anxiously waiting to see if the rain would stop. When I finally got up, it was still raining. So I did go back to bed, but was thinking should I be on the stationery bike?? Why could I not just have switched off my alarm at 3:30 and had a good sleep? (Or even better not set my alarm before going to bed!).

“Rest and recover is the 4th discipline of triathlon! Miss it and you’re hurting your performance #uktrichat” – Tweet from @UkTriChat

I this week’s Parsha there is the duty to erect a safety fence around the roof of one’s home. I think this applies to our bodies. As disciplined as we may be, we all need to do what is right to protect our bodies. I want to continue training and entering events for a long time and don’t want to end up injured or over-trained (not exactly sure what this is). – Why do we get anxious? Just RELAX

I read an interesting commentary from our Sages on this week’s Parsha. It is amazing from whom they bring down lessons and what we can learn:

“When you go out to war upon your enemies… and capture from them captives (21:10)” Rabbi Zusha of Anipoli[2] brings down the following – I learned seven things from the thief:

  1. What he does, he keeps to himself.
  2. He is willing to take risks to attain his goal.
  3. He does not distinguish between ‘major’ and ‘minor’ things, but takes equally exacting care of each and every detail.
  4. He invests great effort in what he does.
  5. He is swift.
  6. He is always optimistic.
  7. If at first he fails, he is back time and again for another try.


What I have learnt? When it is a rest week, I should not get anxious. I should just rest. Not relaxing is like “stealing” precious rest and sleep time. This can not be replaced. As you can see from the Tweets/ Quotes I have posted – REST IS IMPORTANT and is/ should be part of a balanced training program.

“Don’t just train, Break Yourself Down, Set your Goal, Rest,  Nutrify, Recover,  Analyze, Prepare, Repeat #trainwithpurpose” – Tweet from @wolffmark[3]




[1] Robert James Louw is a South African rugby footballer who represented South Africa 19 times in international test rugby union

[2] Rabbi Meshulam Zusha of Hanipol or Meshulum Zusil of Anipoli (1718–1800),[1] Reb Zusha, Reb Zushe (sometimes spelled Zusil, Zoussia, Zušya, Zushya, Zushia, Zisha of Anipoli[2][3][4] ) was an Orthodox rabbi and an early Hasidic luminary. He was one of the great Hassidic Rebbes of the third generation and member of the academy circle of the Maggid of Mezeritch. He was a well known tzaddik and the brother of Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk. Rabbi Elimelech was about 5 years older than Rabbi Meshulam Zusha.

[3] Nutrition & physiology expert, fitness freak, triathlete, wellness & lifestyle mentor, writer, speaker, 32Gi, human being, #Unstoppable #32Gi #LCHF

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One Comment
  1. Mom permalink

    Practise what you have just explained. One has enough anxiety in life with added stress. As you explainec ‘rest’ is also part of the deal!!! xxx

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