Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Too Much of a Good Thing ?

I think there is a fascinating lesson in human behavior from this weeks parsha (weekly portion). The Jewish people had the most amazing food all the time in the desert. It was the equivalent of  your favorite steak coming right off the grill  (folks ,grilling season has finally arrived) that was marinated in the finest seasonings. This obviously came with some serious twirly fries. But, the most amazing part of this cuisine was that it had great nutritional value. It was low in calories, had virtually no fat and was very filling !

This may have even been greater than what the WSJ reported today about  " Baseball's Bottomless Pit ".

On the mound last week, Chris Sale, the 24-year-old ace of the Chicago White Sox, was practically unhittable. In two starts, he threw 16 2/3 scoreless innings, allowed just four hits and struck out 19 batters. That was all impressive enough.
But what really left teammates in awe of Sale was his performance on a charter flight to California. In a four-hour masterpiece, Sale packed two ice cream sundaes and, by one teammate’s estimate, around 30 bags of potato chips into one of the skinniest bodies the sport has ever seen.
“I may or may not have done that,” Sale said.
My take on that is how can you eat 30 bags of chips and not be sure that you have done it ! 
In any case, he is consuming the ultimate junk food with apparently no nutritional consequences.
However that awesome a feat (or outright disgusting) that may be  --- it still does not hold a candle to the story of the manna from heaven in the desert ! 

So how in the world, did the people not only have no appreciation for the world greatest tasting food  in the history of global cuisine but complained bitterly about it as well ?  How can you not be in love with Cafe' Manna ?

Friends, let us look in the mirror and ask ourselves the same question. How can we be the recipient of so many wonderful blessings in life and wonder why we are so unfortunate ?

Please share your thoughts on this.


  1. Thank you for reminding me to say "thank-you!"

    1. I like your new blog and will look forward to it every week!

  2. I've found that it is human nature to see the glass half empty instead of half full. It takes years of learning how to "not sweat the small stuff" and appreciate what you got. That is why there is a saying "Youth is wasted on the Young".

  3. Thank you Rabbi Fisch!

    It's all about what we choose to see. Some people see the best in the worst situation while others see the worst even in the best situation.

    When you put on your "best" glasses, you will see more "best". But if you wear you "worst" glasses, you will see lots of "worst"!

    It's all about the messages we tell ourselves.

  4. I'm so glad you decided to do this. I may not always comment, but I plan to be a regular reader. (Linda Rosenthal)


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