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Am I My Body's Keeper

Torah, Science, Diet, and Fitness - for Life

By Michael Kaufman

In this day and age it is nearly impossible to stay 100% healthy and fit. Between long hours sitting in an office chair, balancing a family, and accomplishing everything else on your to-do list, it's no wonder that health has become a relative term. To combat this, Michael Kaufman shows you how to extend your life by living healthy and fit. Am I My Body's Keeper contains no magic life-extending elixir, nor a secret map to help you discover the fountain of youth. Am I My Body's Keeper provides a simple guide to changing your lifestyle, from the sedentary one characterizing most of society to an active one emphasizing physical activity and healthy eating. The simple lifestyle changes advocated by this book will give you vim and vigor, health and fitness during those additional years of life you 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 guide for good, healthy living. It is for young and old, men and women—for everyone who wishes to be healthy and fit and to live a long life. 

About the Author: 
Dr. Michael Kaufman, a distinguished scholar, author, and lecturer, studied at Yeshiva and Mesivta Torah Vodaat, Telshe Yeshiva, Brooklyn College, and the University of Louisville. He has written extensively and has published nine books on Judaism and Jewish art and culture, including A Timeless Judaism for Our Time, Love, Marriage and Family in Jewish Law and Tradition, Feminism and Judaism, The Art of Judaism, Land of My Past, Land of My Future, on the mitzvah of residing in Israel; and a memoir, In One Era, Out the Other. 
The author lives in Israel, where he does research and writes on the latest developments and scientific studies on health, nutrition, and fitness while standing at his shtender desk. Now in his 86th year, Michael Kaufman maintains an active, energetic schedule which includes time for daily fitness workouts and brisk early morning walks around the hills of Jerusalem. 

Praise for Am I My Body's Keeper?: 
"The author is to be congratulated on his gathering of scientific literature and integrating it with Torah so that all can live a better and longer life." 

- Prof. (Emeritus) Shimon Glick, MD, Ombudsman for Israel's National Health Service

"A convincing, utterly remarkable, easy-to-use guide, based on Jewish tradition and medical science, to staying free from disease and living a longer, healthier life." 

- Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen, founder and head of the Center for Kehilla Development, Jerusalem

"A truly outstanding book! Michael Kaufman has given us an important, extensively researched work on the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. It should be required reading for everyone seeking to live a long, healthy life." 

- Dr. Jacob Klein, MD, Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation Institute, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem

"A truly life-changing work - a realistic guide for all of us to eating well, staying fit, and living a long, healthy life into a hearty, disease-free old age." 

- Dr. Chana Levin, MD, Chief Medical Officer, United Health Plan, Kiryat Yearim Region, Israel

"Michael Kaufman's superb, timely book is an easy to follow manual to optimize health and enjoy a long, active life. It is truly a masterpiece which can change people's lives forever." 

- Prof. Petachia Reismann, MD, Chairman Department of Surgery, Shaare-Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem

"Encompassing the vital principles for good health care and proactive medicine based on the latest medical research studies, this book will hopefully serve as a catalyst to transform many to good spiritual and bodily health." 

- Rav Professor Avraham Steinberg MD, Senior Neurologist, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem

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~Review by Arthur G. Quinn, AJL Reviews
The author has had a career as a scholar, author, and lecturer in Israel and the United States, and has written several books on Judaism, and Jewish art and culture. The book begins with an introduction, followed by eleven chapters. Each chapter is introduced with a quotation by Maimonides, referred to in the book as Rambam. The underlying theme of each chapter is the practice of healthy diet and exercise as consistent with halakhah (Jewish law). Both the quotations of Rambam and the contemporary interpretation of those quotations provide guidance for a holistic lifestyle that includes preventive medicine, cleanliness, practicing good personal habits, avoiding inactivity, and diet and exercise that extend life.

The tenth chapter is dedicated to outlining best practices for those over fifty, emphasizing diet and exercise as essential in order to maintain a rewarding quality of life into the senior years. In addition to Rambam’s advice, the author has included considerable medical research to support his thesis cited in the endnotes. At the same time, the topic is presented in layman’s language, often summarizing the major points in brief terms. This volume would be a welcome addition to any non-fiction adult collection. (Posted on 12/12/2018)

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Additional Info

Additional Info

ISBN 978-965-524-266-9
Pages 332
Format Hardcover
SKU urim1520
Publisher Urim Publications