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The Jerusalem Post reports on a test drug that could be the answer to preventing Yom Kippur headaches

Based on the verse in the Book of Leviticus that “You shall afflict your souls,” many people believe that Yom Kippur is a day of suffering. But the rabbis disagree, saying you’re not meant to suffer, but rather to ignore the physical and focus on the spiritual.

If you get a headache, they argue, you can’t adequately concentrate on your sins and repentance.

Thus headaches on the the Day of Atonement are unnecessary, says Dr. Zev (Jeremy) Wimpfheimer, a senior physician in the emergency medicine department of Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Wimpfheimer is testing a drug which, taken in pill form before the fast, will hopefully prevent those fasting from developing a headache. He wants about 200 people to try it before the onset of the 25-hour fast Wednesday evening.

While this is very interesting, I mention this as yet another example of Jerusalem Post incompetence.

Dr. Zev Wimpfheimer is an Israellycool reader and real-life neighbor and friend. His real name is not Jeremy. That would be his brother, another Israellycool reader and real-life friend (not to mention occasional contributor and guest on an Israellycool podcast). What makes this piece of journalism even sloppier is the fact that Jeremy used to do freelance work for the Jerusalem Post.

I wonder if Zev can find a drug that makes a Jerusalem Post journalist competent.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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