Rabbi Baars is one of my favorite rabbis. He is unbelievably insightful in an extremely real way. His article is based on the quote from Parshat Ekev that says, “Man cannot live by bread alone but by all that proceeds from the mouth of G-d.” (Deuteronomy 8:3)
He also quote Rabbi Avraham Ibn Ezra saying, “Wisdom is to the soul, as food is to the body.”
Rabbi Baars says: “What this verse is telling us is that since man cannot live on bread alone, he will either fill that extra space with real meaning – a relationship with his Creator, or he will look for substitutes to that meaning, such as food.”
He also says: “Notice that the more meaningful a day you’re having, the less your desire for food. We have all experienced days full of excitement and fulfillment when our desire to eat just seemed to disappear… When life is fulfilling, then we look less to food for satisfaction. We have something other than bread to be nourished by.”
“Next time you find yourself looking to cookies to pick you up, hesitate a little. Try to define what it is you really want to achieve. Using cookies to obtain real meaning and fulfillment will only lead you further away from that place you truly desire.”
“Don’t give chocolate cake to a hungry soul.”
He asks: “Do you spend as much time fulfilling your spiritual needs as you do your bodily needs? When was the last time your soul felt satisfied?