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Maggie Goes on a Diet
Salomon Says

Maggie Goes on a Diet

This book gives young kids a dangerous message.


Published: August 28, 2011

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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.

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