Healthy in Body and Spirit

March 4, 2018

Michael Kaufman’s potentially lifesaving new work

Yonoson Rosenblum • Mishpacha Magazine

body's keeper 1In the gym that I frequent too infrequently, there hangs a New Yorker–style cartoon depicting a doctor speaking to an overweight, middle-aged man sitting on the examination table. The caption reads: “What fits your busy schedule better — exercising one hour a day, or being dead 24 hours a day?”

Michael Kaufman makes a similar point at the outset of his potentially lifesaving new work, Am I My Body’s Keeper? Torah, Science, Diet and Fitness — for Life. “Since a prerequisite for living a Torah life is obviously ‘living,’ the Jew must be keenly aware of the very first duty to be healthy, for otherwise no mitzvos can be observed and no Torah learned.”

In his haskamah to Kaufman’s work, Rabbi Yosef Fleischman, rosh kollel of one of the largest Choshen Mishpat kollels in the world, notes a striking paradox. Read the rest of this entry »


Am I My Body’s Keeper?

February 26, 2018

Review by Midwest Book Review

body's keeper 1Dr. Michael Kaufman is a distinguished scholar and author and studied at Yeshiva and Mesivta Torah Vodaath, Telshe Yeshiva, Brooklyn College, and the University of Louisville. In “Am I My Body’s Keeper?: Torah, Science, Diet and Fitness — for Life” he has written an instructional guide specifically for those readers who find it almost impossible to stay 100% healthy and fit with a modern lifestyle that includes long hours of sitting in an office chair, balancing a family, and accomplishing everything else on a daily to-do list. To deal with this conundrum, Dr. Kaufman shows how to extend our lives by living healthy and fit.

“Am I My Body’s Keeper” provides a simple guide to changing our lifestyles, from the sedentary one characterizing most of society to an active one emphasizing physical activity and healthy eating. The simple lifestyle changes advocated in the pages of “Am I My Body’s Keeper?” will give readers vim and vigor, health and fitness during those additional years of life they will be gaining. Based upon the timeless teachings of the Jewish sages as well as scientific research, “Am I My Body’s Keeper” is a ‘real world practical’ guide for good, healthy living for both men and women of any age. Thoroughly ‘user friendly’ in tone, content, organization and presentation, “Am I My Body’s Keeper?” is a life-changing, life-enhancing instructional guide and manual that is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Health & Medicine collections and supplemental studies reading lists.


February 21, 2018

Why Jewish law is so much more than a dry, unbending code

Review by Rabbi Jonny Solomon • Lookstein Digest · Times of Israel


Ever since first encountering the writings of Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo I have found myself agreeing with much of what he has written. He is a rare thinker who lives in many worlds, and he describes many of his ideas with true elegance by weaving profound Jewish teachings with exquisite insights from the world of philosophy, art and music. Moreover, as someone who not only listens to Beethoven, Bach & Mozart but plays them too, I have a debt of gratitude to Rabbi Cardozo for putting into words my love affair with music and for explaining how I can understand more about my relationship with God through my relationship with music.

However, beyond my admiration of Rabbi Cardozo, as well as my love of Read the rest of this entry »

Finding Personal Meaning in the Torah

February 4, 2018

Reviews by Amos Lassen 

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My personal relation with Judaism is something I rarely feel free to discuss simply because it is personal. When I read the Torah, I always try to look for meanings that will affect me personally and these I am willing to share as I am constantly amazed that something written so long ago still holds relevance today. Daniel Shulman does the same here. He explores the Torah searching for meanings that speak directly to him. We all want to believe that the holy writings are open and accessible to all of us and that we each have the right to approach it.

One does not need to be specifically trained to study Torah. It is always there and can be read by anyone at anytime. Torah scholars are constantly looking for something new and this is not the same as looking for relevance. “The hope is that any Jew may be inspired to likewise seek his or her own voice in interpreting Torah.” Read the rest of this entry »

Rejuvenation: The Rebel Rabbi with a Religious Cause

January 31, 2018

Eve Harrow • The Land of Israel

“Nathan Lopes Cardozo is on a life mission to liberate Jewish Law from its artificial Diaspora codification. An organic, even prophetic Halacha, revived as Am Yisrael has returned to our homeland, provides new challenges and opportunities. The rabbinical establishment perpetuates a stagnant and hollow Judaism that isn’t relevant for many today. Do we experience God in our lives? Is doubt is better than certainty? Where’s the awareness of amazement?

Rabbi Cardozo’s new book “Jewish Law as Rebellion: A Plea for Religious Authenticity and Halachic Courage” will bring tears to your eyes, ideas to your mind, hope to your heart and a song to your soul. But…this brilliant and introspective warrior for Judaism and humanity needs us to put his groundbreaking proposals to work. Eve is rejuvenated and uber inspired.

Listen and then read his Book. Internalize it. Start to Fight.”

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To order Jewish Law As Rebellion visit Urim Publications





52 Portions of Torah and Food

January 29, 2018

Melissa Amster • The Jewish Food Experience


What kind of connection does food have to the Torah, aside from the laws of kashrut? Diana Lipton explored this concept in the book From Forbidden Fruit to Milk and Honey: A Commentary on Food in the Torahwhere she worked with a team of 52 internationally acclaimed scholars to write essays on each parasha (Torah portion) and how food Read the rest of this entry »

From Forbidden Fruit to Milk and Honey

January 22, 2018

Rabbi Ari Enkin • Torah Book Reviews

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Hearing about this release certainly “whet my appetite” to get my hands on it. A parsha book that focuses exclusively on food in the Torah was a cool idea, I thought. Although many might mistakenly believe that the Jewish love affair with food originated at the turn of the 20th century in the Delicatessens of the Lower East Side, this book shows that the Jewish love affair with food extends back to the Bible, and by extension, the first days of Creation.

The book includes one chapter for every parsha. Each chapter begins with a general 2-4-page essay on the theme of food in the parsha that is submitted by a different author each time. Following the Read the rest of this entry »