click here to jump to start of article
  • Torah Reading: Naso
Join Our Newsletter

Get latest articles and videos with Jewish inspiration and insights​

Maggie Goes on a Diet
Salomon Says

Maggie Goes on a Diet

This book gives young kids a dangerous message.


Give Tzedakah! Help create inspiring
articles, videos and blogs featuring timeless Jewish wisdom.
The opinions expressed in the comment section are the personal views of the commenters. Comments are moderated, so please keep it civil.

Visitor Comments: 33

(27) Paul M Kramer, November 30, 2011 12:44 AM

I am the author of the book, "Maggie Goes On A Diet"

Hi Rabbi, Is it possible that you have judged this book by its cover and by hearsay and innuendo and not by what is actually written in the interior of the book, (Its heart). I do now have an alternate version of the book called, "Maggie Eats Healthier." I will be happy to accept both positive and or negative criticism about this book once you have read it. Will you allow me to send you a copy? Can you critique it without bias? I hope so. I would love to share it with you. Respectfully, Paul M. Kramer

(26) Anonymous, September 19, 2011 9:30 PM


Agreed. Even when I hear people say to little girls "that's such a pretty dress you wearing" - what is that teaching the little kid - that a superficial item like her clothing is important. I mean maybe once or twice, but I feel nowadays that's ALL people say to little girls. I wish people would engage in more meaningful conversation with young children instead of settling with meaningless stuff they don't even have any influence over (e.g. "what a pretty name").

(25) Baruch, September 18, 2011 6:28 AM

Of Fish & Meat

It's hard to argue that this book didn't over-do it. But maybe we need that wake-up call. To paraphrase Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Herschel Shachter, we live in a world where no religious woman would consider serving fish right after meat, as the Talmud calls it a "sakana." But to serve-and-eat too much? No problem. For a religious home to serve a diet that lends itself to obesity is considered perfectly OK - even though it is 100% proven to encourage everything from heart-attacks and diabetes to joint-pain and Alzheimer's. Instead of complaining about this book, which is a symptom, our Rabbis should be curing the problem by writing a Halachic book on healthy eating - to be taught to 4 to 8 years old, too. I bet would be thrilled to sell it.

(24) Amber, September 3, 2011 4:32 PM

Co-Worker with eating disorder.

Back in 2005 when I was in the Army...there was a female soldier that I was friends with. While in Basic Training together, she would go to the bathrooms after meals and ask me to go with her. In Training, soldiers have to have a "battle buddy" with them at all times, even to the bathroom. So I would go with her and she would always be throwing up. She told me that she was suffering from a horrible flu virus and she just wasn't getting better. 3 weeks went by...and after every meal I would go with her to the bathroom while she "battled the flu" and threw up. I was a naive 19 year old girl, I didn't know better. Until another soldier told me the female was bulimic, and I was more or less enabling her and her disease. I was horrified! I lived with guilt for a long time that I was aiding in her decline. By the time we graduated (after 9 wks), this soldier was unrecognizable. While I (unknowingly) assisted in the illness of an eating disorder...I believe this book will encourage and advocate it. I'm now 25 and I have a 4 year old daughter. She will never, ever read this book.

(23) Anonymous, September 2, 2011 3:13 AM

Totally agree with you Rabbi Soloman. Its such a sick society we live in where losing weight is an obsession. Its comforting to hear a rabbi talk about the issue of eating disorders, lo aleinu.

See All Comments

Submit Your Comment:

  • Display my name?

  • Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.

  • * required field 2000
Submit Comment