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You may not in any way weaken your health or shorten your life. Only if the body is healthy is it an efficient instrument for the spirit’s activity ... Therefore you should avoid everything which might possibly injure your health ... And the law asks you to be even more circumspect in avoiding danger to life and limb than in the avoidance of other transgressions.

As Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, a nineteenth-century orthodox rabbi

 

Since maintaining a healthy and sound body is among the ways of God - for one cannot understand or have any knowledge of the Creator if one is ill - therefore one must avoid that which harms the body and accustom oneself to that which is helpful and helps the body become stronger.

Maimonides

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