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Shul: It Does a Body Good!

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

At least if you are a woman.

According to a recent study by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine:

regular attendance at religious services reduces the risk of death by approximately 20 percent.

The study subjects were women but I would have to think that synagogue attendance would have a similarly positive effect on men as well.

And, by the way, this isn’t about prayer. The study isn’t saying that going out into your backyard and praying alone has a positive effect on one’s health. This study confirms what we (Jews) have known all along — it’s about community! You’ve got to pray in community. A minyan. Ten Jewish adults = prayer quorum.

So do your body good — and make Shabbos services part of your routine.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Wednesday, 26 November 2008 8:05 am

    I’m glad to hear my husband will live a long life. It seems to help my father, too.

    My daughter and I seem to make it to shul every other week…

  2. knittnkitten permalink
    Thursday, 27 November 2008 8:16 pm

    “reduces the risk of death”

    What’s the alternative?
    I mean, I get community can extend life by offering purpose and support, but the statement seems inaccurate.

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