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  •  Indeed (8+ / 0-)

    It seems irrational to presume that someone's first thought after 25 hours of fasting would be about sex at the first possible opportunity. And yet hormones push people to do all sorts of things they should theoretically not have the energy for. If you've participated on a week-long bicycle ride, covering hundreds of miles, you'd presume that at the end of a long day, after burning several thousand calories, nobody would be interested in anything other than a shower, a meal and sleep. But you'd be mistaken. Don't ask me how I know this; just trust me.

    I read at least a portion of the 2006 responsum that you linked to in your 2012 diary which for some reason it appears I didn't read originally. It's quite interesting and I've run across the basic conclusions before elsewhere. Being a Reform Jew myself I have mixed feelings as to the authoritativeness of some of the assertions included there but I appreciate the diligence and conscientiousness involved in crafting the view. There is a sense I suppose in which the Reform movement simply places far greater emphasis on Kavod HaBriyot than does the Conservative movement.

    •  There is a way to feed the hungry (6+ / 0-)

      this year - the No Child Hungry campaign has agreements with restaurants around the country that a portion of what they make this month will go to NCH. Here in Tucson, one of them is Bruegger's Bagels, which I know is a nationwide chain. You can check the NCH website for restaurants near you.

      Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be ... almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die. - Jonathan Safran Foer

      by ramara on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 12:20:40 AM PDT

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