Mourning or Celebrating Av

Today is the first day of the Jewish month, Av – because of the fast on the 9th of Av, it has the reputation of great tragedies. Again, details of this can be found a plenty with google, here’s one

As it explains, the mourning begins with the last fast, 17th of Tammuz, and the sadness increases with the beginning of Av, today. We start what is considered The Nine Days – part of that mourning is not eating meat.

I told my son-in-law this is one of my favorite times (which shocked him) – as the whole orthodox Jewish world is ALMOST in sync with me. They tear their hair out trying to figure out what meals they can make without including meat. I say almost, as they haven’t discovered how wonderful the world of grains and beans and vegetables can be. Unfortunately, too many just make dairy meals, or white pasta meals – not what I would choose – but at least the meat is gone (except Shabbos).

I love that restaurants are trying to be more vegetarian, I love that groups on facebook are sharing all kinds of recipes – but I continue to eat as usual, as for me it’s not a sign of mourning at all, but celebrating Life, by eating what supports good health. G-d willing, there’s a hope, that one year, let it be this year, that mourning will turn into celebrating, with the coming of the Mashiach. May we be worthy of it.

On the other hand, we also don’t do laundry as a sign of mourning – I find it liberating, closed the door to my washing machine last night and said good bye, glad not to do laundry for 9 days. Then again, there will be loads to catch up with afterwards.

For those in Israel who are interested in learning more about this way of eating, we will be having a cooking class, unfortunately not in time for the Nine Days, but definitely in time for the rest of your life. Here’s the info – if you’re on facebook, here’s the link:

4:00 p.m. – 6.30 p.m., Bakka, Jerusalem
The class is focused on new quick and easy recipes, discussion of 7 Nutrition Principles For Optimal Health, and will provide a full dinner!
NIS 150
Seating is limited. Please register with Klara LeVineĀ  (052-342-8058,

Four private health consultations are available on June 28 for a special price of NIS 400.
Available time slots: 11am, 12.30 pm, 7 pm, and 8.30 pm. Contact number is 058-437-5668.
Private counseling in Kiryat Gat is available by appointments until August 6 for a special price of NIS 600.

Blessings For Good Health!
Stay tuned for upcoming events!

Victoria Barayev, CHNC

Wishing everyone a very special AV


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