5777 welcome


Dear cleansers,

Year 5777 is around the corner! Time for the 5th annual Esrei Yamim cleanse — a mind/body/spirit reflection during the ten days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

This is the second year we’re asking participants to join in on an additional challenge: spend no more than the national average food stamp benefit – $4.10 daily – on food for each of the ten days of the cleanse.

We expect that nourishing our bodies with a whole foods, vegan diet (see rules) will be nearly impossible on this budget. So, we’re asking people to match the amount spent over the allotted budget in a charitable donation to an amazing org, Kitchens for Good (kitchensforgood.org).  We’ll have a guest post from the founder of KFG in a few days.

Last year, we (10yamim-ers live all over the world!) raised over $500 for global food justice via American Jewish World Service. We’re competitive … let’s beat that!

Access to healthy food in the US is a challenge that can be easy to ignore. It’s important to feed ourselves with nourishing foods, and we feel it’s  important to remember how difficult it can be for others to do the same. We hope that this cleanse will not only spark reflection on our own, personal health, but also on how we can contribute to the health of others. We think that this challenge will inspire gratitude for the current abundance of resources in our lives.

We will continue to post recipes and send resources that we find related to food justice — we encourage you to do the same. Shoot us an email with a reflection, recipe or question, and we’ll throw it up on the blog. We’ll give you credit unless you specify otherwise. When you send recipes, please include a cost breakdown or rough estimate of cost.  Even if it’s not exact, give it a try! We want to see what you can do. Here’s an example.  Also, send us your beautiful food photos to share!

This website can help to calculate recipe costs: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/07/how-to-calculate-recipe-costs/ And while this process can be time-consuming and tedious, it’s a part of budgeting that some people have to do everyday. Try it out, and let us know how you feel.

If you’re interested in joining the Cleanse this year, please let us know so we can include you on the list with updates and inspirations. It only lasts ten days: shortest newsletter ever. Even if you’re planning to challenge yourself for one of those days, we want you along for the ride. 
Thank you for coming along on this adventure with us.


Arielle and Shaina



For the ten days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we will undertake an intensive reflection of the mind/body/spirit connection. We will only consume:

Vegan foods – no products derived from animals (no meat, eggs, dairy, honey, etc.)

Gluten-free foods – nothing made with wheat

Unprocessed foods – nothing packaged with more than three ingredients

Unsweetened foods – no added sugar, honey, agave, etc.

Alcohol-free beverages 

An exception to the above rules above is the inclusion of organic eggs and/or yogurt that is organic, plain, stabilizer- and additive-free. This is a personal choice.



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