Big People, Big Problems Sarah Pachter Little kid, little problems. Big kid, big problems. When children are young, a big concern may be figuring out which foods to offer picky infants or how to baby-proof the house for a rambunctious toddler. As children age parental…

Sarah’s Corner: Big People, Big Problems

Ten Steps to Transforming Shame and Building Self-Esteem Rabbi Dov Heller, LMFT Shame is the emotional experience underlying low self-esteem. It’s that awful feeling generated by perceiving one’s self as bad, defective, incompetent, unattractive. Everyone experiences shame from time to time. I meet someone I…

Emotional Health: Ten Steps to Transforming Shame and Building Self-Esteem

Dear Readers, In the oral history of my family there’s a description of my great grandfather, R’ Uziel Chazanow, a’h, arguing with his siblings about the virtue of communism. They felt it was a liberating movement that would finally get rid of the czar and…

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Book Review:  I’m Not the Boss, I Just Work Here by Howard Jonas Reviewed by Sarah Pachter I’m Not the Boss I Just Work Here, by Howard Jonas, is a compelling memoir that serves as inspiration for those looking to achieve financial success and spiritual…

Book Review: I’m Not the Boss, I Just Work Here by Howard Jonas

Everything Has A Price Sarah Pachter At the beginning of my marriage, one evening my husband came home with a shopping bag from a local New York City market. We lived in a beautiful neighborhood, but there were no kosher stores nearby. I opened the…

Sarah’s Corner: Everything Has A Price

Dear Readers, It’s time for a hard and honest conversation: what is the price tag for locking down society and living in fear? Consider: The mental health of children, youth, teenagers and elderly. The increase in suicide. Substance abuse, including overdose and other addictions. The…

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Finding Resilience During COVID-19 Effective Tools for Managing Stress and Increasing Joy Sarah Pachter While expecting my fifth child amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, I sought advice from a friend who received specialty training in resilience from Harvard University.[1] Hoping to pick her brain for resilience…

Sarah’s Corner: Finding Resilience During COVID-19

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Dear Readers, In this week’s Parsha we have the eternal lesson of forgiveness. As viceroy of Egypt Yosef Hatzadik could have easily gotten back at his brothers for doing the unimaginable and selling him to complete strangers. Yet, from the moment he sees them his…

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The Clubhouse: Inclusion for the Los Angeles Jewish Community Yehudis Litvak While all families with children were impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, families with children with special needs felt the impact the most. Taking care of their children remained just as challenging, but many of…

The Clubhouse: Inclusion for the Los Angeles Jewish Community

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Take Your Mask Off! #Learning to Find Calm During Uncertain times Sarah Pachter What type of mask do you wear? I’m not referring to the disposable, cloth, or personalized kind that we have all adorned during the pandemic. Rather, there is an entirely different pandemic…

Sarah’s Corner: Take Your Mask Off!

Dear Readers, Yidden always knew that no matter what was going on in the world we can always turn inward and find strength and peace of mind in our Siddurim and Seforim. Davening and learning created a sort of oasis in an otherwise turbulent world.…

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Keep Calm and Face Yourself Sarah Pachter Rav Yoel Gold shares an incredible story in a recent video entitled “Face Your Bears.”[1] Effie Eitam, a commander in the Israeli army for thirty years, had been through several wars, escaped frightening explosions, and led missions that…

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10 Qualities of an Emotionally Mature Person Rabbi Dov Heller, LMFT An emotionally mature person has ten characteristics. It’s worth taking a look at each of them in order to understand and see where we can improve. Refining these qualities will enhance our personal and…

Emotional Health: 10 Qualities of an Emotionally Mature Person

Dear Readers, So much unknown. Will President Trump successfully challenge the election in the court system? Who will control the Senate? How many more seats will Republicans gain in the House? Will the lockdowns continue? Will the vaccine be mandatory? Will rioting subside or increase?…

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Book Review: Find Your Right Direction: The Israel Gap Year Guide by Phyllis Folb (Redwood Publishing 2020, 285 pp.) Reviewed by Devorah Talia Gordon Excitement and sound advice exude from Find Your Right Direction: The Israel Gap Year Guide, written by college counselor and AIGYA…

Book Review: Find Your Right Direction: The Israel Gap Year Guide