Friday, December 18, 2015


I have made friends at my local Chabad House since moving into this neighborhood nearly 4 years ago.  A Chabad House is a center of traditional (Orthodox) Judaism.  A Chabad House is run by a Rabbi (Shaliach, Emissary) and his wife, a Shlucha (female word for emissary).   A Chabad House seemingly can be found almost anywhere there are Jews. Whether it is a place where Jews live or where Jews travel.  I always enjoy hearing radio talk-show host, author and public speaker, Dennis Prager recount a story about how he once went to a Chabad House in Cambodia! There are nearly 5000 Chabad Houses around the world and one can be found in 49 of the 50 states of The United States. I am blessed to live within 100 feet of a Chabad House. It is at my Chabad House where I have been exposed to authentic Judaism in ways that I had never been before.  The traditional Jewish lifestyle is not something that I am interested in as a full-time proposition.  It is something that I am greatly interested in on an 'a la carte' basis.  I have made terrific friends at my Chabad House.  One of my friends, is moving back to New York with his wife in a few short weeks.  We made arrangements to make sure that we both selected this Friday to be there so that we can enjoy the wonderful camaraderie of friends,  joy of Judaism,  the serenity of Shabbat, a delicious meal prepared by the Rabbi's wife and a L'Chaim (or two, or three).  So, tonight, Friday....It's to the Chabad House!

Chabad House, Dearborn Street, Chicago

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For lunch, I visited a Whole Foods Market which is less than 2 miles from my home.  I managed to stretch this two mile trip into an eight mile walk.  Afterwards, I naturally walked home.  Another day,  another day of walking ten miles.  The last couple of days, my exercise had been working out on the elliptical machine. It was good to get back outside.  

Your Food Diary For:

Thursday, December 17, 2015

BREAKFAST Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
Malt O Meal - Honey Nut Scooters, 60 g 240 48 3 6 420 18
steel cut oatmeal - steel cut oat meal, 1 cup 600 108 10 20 0 4
Red Delicious - Medium Apple, 2 apple 160 44 0 0 0 34

1,000 200 13 26 420 56
WHOLE FOODS - SALAD BAR 375 0 0 0 0 0
WHOLE FOODS  VANILLA GRANOLA 500 80 16 10 120 30

1,045 96 26 12 125 31
365 - Hearts of Palm: Salad Cut, 1 cup 50 10 0 4 580 0
libby's - Sweet Corn, 0.88 cup 105 16 3 4 350 12
Honey Nut Scooters - Cereal, 3 cup (30g) 330 72 5 6 630 30
Apple - - Honey Crisp - Small, 1 apple 55 15 0 0 0 15

600 112 7 20 1,755 57

Totals 2,645 408 46 58 2,300 144
Your Daily Goal 3,874 484 129 194 2,300 145
Remaining 1,229 75 82 136 0 0
Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
*You've earned 1,944 extra calories from exercise today         


       Your Exercise Diary for:

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Cardiovascular Minutes Calories Burned
Walking, 4.5 mph, very, very brisk pace 102 1,627
Walking, 4.5 mph, very, very brisk pace 28 372
MFP iOS calorie adjustment Ic_i N/A -55

Daily Total / Goal 131 / 30 1,944 / 590  
Weekly Total / Goal 547 / 210 8,308 / 4,130

total calories consumed 2645 calories
total calories burned (walking 10 miles) 1999 calories
total net calories 646 calories

fitbit day 106
19002 steps

Each year, Chabad of the Loop, Gold Coast and Lincoln Park, directed by my friend, Rabbi Meir Chai Benhiyoun erects a huge Chanukkah Menorah in Daley Plaza.  Daley Plaza is Chicago's premier civic center and permanent home of the famous Picasso statue.  The Menorah is 30 feet tall and 18 feet wide and it is designed in the traditional style of menorahs used by Chabad.  Although, I missed the lighting ceremony this year, as I was out-of-town, I was able to visit the menorah before Chanukkah with my Mom who was visiting from New York earlier this month.
When Batman and Robin need to step it up a notch....They go...TO THE BATMOBILE!
When I need to a refresher in Judaism, or need to authentically celebrate a Jewish Holiday....I go...TO THE CHABAD HOUSE!
This information comes from What's Not Wrong... a blog by Gary Anderson

Untitled (1967) by Pablo Picasso: What the heck is it? A horse? Seahorse? Dragon? That’s part of the fun and the puzzle involved in this huge sculpture so closely identified with Chicago. When the sculpture was dedicated in 1967, Mayor Richard J. Daley said, “We dedicate this celebrated work this morning with the belief that what is strange to us today will be familiar tomorrow.” Today the Picasso is familiar, but it’s no less strange. Chicago’s Picasso is interactive in a couple of ways. First of all, looking at the sculpture from the front (with your back to Washington Avenue) yields the most common view and the view that is most abstract. But if you walk toward the Daley Center and view the sculpture from roughly a 10:00 or 2:00 angle, you will more clearly see the silhouette of a woman. This is one of my favorite things to show students and visitors.   The Picasso is also highly interactive because you can sit on it, climb on it, and slide down it.

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