and He said: ‘If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of Hashem thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His eyes, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon thee, which I have put upon the Egyptians; for I am Hashem that healeth thee.’
וַיֹּאמֶר אִם שָׁמוֹעַ תִּשְׁמַע לְקוֹל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ וְהַיָּשָׁר בְּעֵינָיו תַּעֲשֶׂה וְהַאֲזַנְתָּ לְמִצְוֹתָיו וְשָׁמַרְתָּ כָּל חֻקָּיו כָּל הַמַּחֲלָה אֲשֶׁר שַׂמְתִּי בְמִצְרַיִם לֹא אָשִׂים עָלֶיךָ כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָה רֹפְאֶךָ
va-YO-mer im sha-MO-a tish-MA l’-KOL a-do-NAI e-lo-HE-kha v’-ha-ya-SHAR b’-ay-NAV ta-a-SEH v’-ha-a-ZAN-ta l’-mitz-vo-TAV v’-sha-mar-TA kol khu-KAV kol ha-ma-kha-LAH a-SHER SAM-tee v’-mitz-RA-yim lo a-SEEM a-LE-kha kee a-NEE a-do-NAI ro-f’-E-kha
In today’s verse, God is reassuring the Israelites shortly after their exodus from slavery in Egypt, instructing them that if they adhere to His commandments, He will ensure their everlasting health. Indeed we see that for the duration of their 40 years in the desert as they made their way to the Land of Israel, through the nutritional properties of the manna bread and the water from Miriam’s well, the Hebrews’ health could not have been better! Through their adherence to G-d’s commandments of caring for the bodies they were blessed with and for treating their health as a not only a virtue but a priority, Sara Wolf and Daniella Teutsch, co-founders of Hydrochic, a company that designs and creates modest swim and activewear for women of all ages, are bringing this teaching into their lives in a very real way. Now you can join the ‘movement’ and stay fit, the way God intended.