How to Stay Healthy During Rosh Hashanah (And Have a Few Laughs Too!)

Zev Weisdorf
2 min readSep 14, 2023
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Ah, Rosh Hashanah! The time when Jewish families around the world gather to welcome the New Year with apples, honey, and of course, the omnipresent brisket. But navigating the festival of feasting while keeping that waistline in check? Fear not, here’s the guide sprinkled with a dash of Jewish humor!

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and during Rosh Hashanah, it’s an apple with honey. But remember, it doesn’t specify the size of the apple. So, go easy on the honey, bubbeleh! You want to be sweet, not sticky.

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Wondering how to counteract those brisket calories? Have you ever heard of ‘Yenta Yoga’? It’s all about the arm movement, especially when discussing the latest community gossip. “Did you hear about Mrs. Goldberg’s son?” Stretch that arm out, point, and there you have it — the perfect calorie burn!

And speaking of exercise, who needs a gym when you’ve got challah? Kneading that dough is the Jewish equivalent of a bicep curl. Ten minutes in, and you’ll feel like Schwarzenegger in Yentl. And don’t even get me started on the shofar workout. Blowing the shofar is not just a mitzvah; it’s a cheek muscle flexing session. If you’re any good, you might even land a regular gig at the synagogue!

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Lastly, the gefilte fish conundrum. It’s an acquired taste. Whether you love it or loathe it, one thing’s certain: dancing the Hora afterwards will make you feel lighter or at the very least, distract you from the jelly it’s served with.

So, there’s the Jewish secret to staying healthy during Rosh Hashanah! Remember, it’s all about balance. Eat, pray, laugh, and maybe throw in some Yenta Yoga for good measure. Wishing you a sweet, healthy, and hilarious New Year! Shana Tova!

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Zev Weisdorf

Strength Coach, Learner, Creator, Investor, Jewish, Brother to 4 incredible siblings, currently in London Ontario! Join me for the ride.