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Pirkei Avos: There Is No Such Thing As "Too Much of a Good Thing"
The Mishna in Pirkei Avos says "Marbeh Basar Marbeh Rima"; the more you indulge in food and put on weight you are only servicing the worms that will feast on you in your grave. Then the mishna continues with the downside of too much indulgence in other worldly pleasures. Afterward the Mishna takes a turn for the good and tells of the upside of even more torah and even more study.
The Maharam Schick explains that the Mishna is trying to show you what is really good in this world. The litmus test is that good things get better the more you have, whereas bad things are only good in measured doses. At some point what you thought was good comes back to haunt you. The lesson is that there is no such thing as too much of a good thing, but it is important to know what is truly good. So take the challenge and gorge yourself to find out the truth!
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