Translations like these are why we need The Shira Pransky Project!
The Ministry of Health has published recommendations for the holiday season, including some questionable (and sometimes comical) translations, like:
- “Skipping meals can cause a reaction in which hunger is felt, a state that leads to devouring large amounts without being able to control this.”
- “It is worthwhile to be wary of ‘tearing into’ large amounts of food.”
- Some odd menu choices such as “Pumpkin baked without oil” and “Green cowpea cooked without oil”.
While these translations get their point across and may be funny because the content is not that important, imagine if all of your critical healthcare information in English was translated in the same way! The Shira Pransky Project exists to provide quality information to Israel’s English-speakers so that they can better understand and navigate the Israeli healthcare system.
The Ministry’s complete recommendations appear below in their unedited form:
Recommendations for Rosh Hashana and this season’s Festivals
- It is recommended to eat proper meals and to avoid a situation in which one “forgets” to eat. Skipping meals can cause a reaction in which hunger is felt, a state that leads to devouring large amounts without being able to control this.
- In states of excess fatigue, which are characteristic of many people in this period (mainly those who are hosting guests), the natural reaction is – over-eating. It is worthwhile to be wary of “tearing into” large amounts of food. It is recommended to take a break during preparations, drink water, and if you feel hungry, take a slice of whole bread, and spread it with a thin layer of something that you like. It is also possible to prepare a bowl of sliced vegetables or vegetable soup for “emergencies”.
- It is worthwhile to increase physical activity and to get into an exercise routine that also continues during the period of the festivals. It is advisable during the period of preparations for the festivals to go on errands by foot or by bicycle.
- The period of the festivals is a good season for going out for a brief trip near home or for a family excursion in the bosom of nature.
- It is worthwhile to set aside at least half an hour every day for enjoyable activity alone or with the family, and to prefer active recreation to going to a restaurant, e.g. walking, cycling, bowling, ball games, playing tag and excursions on foot. This habit can be internalized and also continued after the festivals!
- During the festival period, it is worthwhile to discard the excuse “I don’t have time” and to make time also for planned physical exercise.
|Dried dates||2 small||60|
|Pomegranate seeds||2 spoons||25|
|Gefilte fish||1 fish ball||155|
|Pumpkin baked without oil||Medium serving (serving spoon)||50|
|Grilled chicken thigh and drumstick without skin||1 serving||225|
|Oven-baked peeled potato without oil||Medium serving (serving spoon)||380|
|Beef cooked in wine||Medium slice||240|
|Mullet fish in tomato sauce – “chraime”||Medium serving||395|
|Chopped liver||3 spoons||95|
|Fried leek cutlets||2 cutlets||282|
|Hummus salad||4 spoons||70|
|Rice fried in canola oil||Medium serving||330|
|Green cowpea cooked without oil||Serving spoon||120|
|Lamb head||50 grams – 2 small slices of meat||157|
|Head of mullet or trout fish||50 grams||70|
|Quince baked in sugar||1 medium||150|
|Purchased honey cake||Medium slice||90|
These recommendations were originally published on the Ministry of Health website. Click here to view the original page.
For information on healthy Yom Kippur fasting, click here.
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