In 15 years of running, I’ve had a lot of running partners. Most of them turned out to be my closest friends. And whenever we see each other, we discuss our passion. How many miles we did, when we’re going again, our newest gear, our next goal and our plan to reach that goal.
But, as a Jewish woman, I can’t help but have a nagging feeling that I need to put that same kind of effort into spirituality. What are my goals? How will I pursue them? And how are my friends supporting me to achieve them?
It’s for this reason that I am very happy to be a part of a women’s health forum this Sunday with the YU Torah Mitzion Kollel of Chicago: Staying Whole, Body & Soul. We have a fabulous panel of women speaking first on spiritual well being and then on physical health. By having the panels back to back, under the auspices of such a reputable Torah institution, I think the message is clear: spiritual health and physical health go hand in hand. And sometimes, they are not even separate matters at all. We cannot thrive without finding a balance of both.