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Visitor Comments: 15

(15) Ana, January 9, 2008 4:10 AM

Star of David on Britney's while shaving her head

I wonder why Britney was wearing a Star of David pendant while she was shaving her head. If my eyes do not deceive me, it looks like one. What was her meaning? Why backwards?

(14) Julius Romanoff, January 8, 2008 5:48 PM

Be the Best You Can Be.

What is wrong with trying to improve oneself. Rabbi Solamon stated he would take spiritual steroids. Thus it seems the furor is about what you seek to improve. Ballplayrs and athletes seek to improve ther physical prowess. The undersize individual takes growth hormones in hopes of reaching the average size. Obese individuals diet and take pills to look better, or to become healthier.
We all strive to make ourselves better. There is no hue and cry against these attempts. Why are people upset when individuals find a way to become more proficient at what they do? I spent much of my career working with Learning Disabled and Mentally Retarded to help them learn and function better. Is it because Ballplayers and Athletes are changing what was given to them? Are we jealous that we did not know what steroids can do to improve you?
Have the long term effects of the use of steroids been proven to be harmful to one's health? Prednisone, a steroid, has been prescribed for many illnesses, and acts like a wonder drug. It's use is monitored carefully because of known side effects, Epoetin enabled my wife to live two years longer
as she fought against a rare blood disease. It seems the problem lies in what man tries to improve in his life. Why tinker with what G-d has given you? It seems to be non-permissible only when it breaks hallowed athletic records.

(13) Todd M, December 26, 2007 2:42 PM

I addicted to spiritual steroids!

I try to do spiritual growth hormones all day every day. I just call them mitzvahs and/or chessid. Is there such as a thing as cheating? Can you cheat Hashem? We all know the answer is no. Life is too important to spend even a second worrying about what over paid baseball players do. You should turn that energy towards kindness and love towards "your neighbor". So I say, Spiritual growth hormones for everyone! Thank you Rabbi Salomon for your inspiring words. They are always something to think about.

PS It was nice having you in Austin TX for Discovery! Shalom!

(12) Margarita, December 25, 2007 6:59 PM

taking growth hormons

did i hear you right? you would take spiritual growth hormons? how is it better? they see the body as an important part of them, but cheating is just that and that is it!!!!!!!! how easy it is to judge people, how hard it is to do the right thing, how big is the temptation. we all have a price....

(11) Anonymous, December 25, 2007 6:28 PM

fake outrage

I'm outraged. Outraged that this could be considered worthy of our attention. If you know anything about science and the physics of baseball, the path between steroids and home runs is inconclusive. Steroids and strikeouts? Please. Some people take Ritalin or drink a cup of coffee before they go to work. According to baseball rules at the time, steroids were permissible. So what's the big deal?

This is just one more non-story to distract people from the real world. It's no more relevant to our lives than Britney Spears and the NBC Nightly News. First let's talk about Pakistan. If we have time left over, maybe we'll spend a minute on steroids.

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