Fighting the Pandemic of 2020 Sarah Pachter Imagine you are back in seventh grade American History class. For 45 minutes, you listen to your teacher lecture about the city of St. Louis in 1918. She describes how they closed schools, playgrounds, and churches when the…

Fighting the Pandemic of 2020

Dear Readers, I hope we never go back to normal. To the normal activity of taking things for granted: under-appreciating the basic items and people in our lives, the joy of meeting a friend in the street, the thrill of davening with a minyan or…

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Book Review: Out of the Shadow, by Rochelle Garfield (JewishSelfPublishing 239 pages) Reviewed by Devorah Talia Gordon Out of the Shadow, Rochelle Garfield’s first novel, explores a plethora of today’s hot topics in the world of mental health, including psychotherapy, anorexia, and bipolar disorder. As…

Book Review: Out of the Shadow, by Rochelle Garfield

When The Lubavitcher Rebbe Seld-Quarantined For The Seder Rabbi Pini Dunner, Rav of Young Israel North Beverly Hills One of the issues that has been coming up again and again in the past week during phone calls I have been having with my community, and…

When The Lubavitcher Rebbe Seld-Quarantined For The Seder

Fix Your Focus Sarah Pachter Not too long ago, my husband and I were privileged to celebrate our eldest son’s bar mitzvah. We were going through the pictures from the photographer afterwards and stopped on one shot of the women dancing. At first, it all…

Torah Musings: Fix Your Focus

Dear Readers, First of all, wishes for a refuah sheleimah to all those who need it. May Hashem ease the pain of all those suffering with the coming of Mashiach now. What a two weeks it has been. Everyone is at home here, and there’s…

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Yeshivas Ner Aryeh’s Annual Melaveh Malkah Welcomes Chashuve Speaker Brenda Goldstein “Ner Aryeh is a family,” said Yeshivas Ner Aryeh executive assistant Debra Berman at the yeshiva’s annual melaveh malkah at Congregation Shaarey Zedek. “It’s a place where I work, but it’s really a family.…

Yeshivas Ner Aryeh’s Annual Melaveh Malkah Welcomes Chashuve Speaker

S.T.O.P., Look, and Listen Sarah Pachter One Shabbos, I wanted to make a delicious yet healthy dessert. I found a recipe for coconut and hazelnut truffles, and I decided to give it a whirl. The recipe required an unusual ingredient, and I called a few…

Torah Musings: S.T.O.P., Look, and Listen

Dear Readers, It’s said in the name of the Maggid of Mezeritch, “See how precious the body of a Jew is to the Almighty; because of it we have forgone countless mitzvos!” Billions of individuals are currently home. No school, work, entertainment. Just us and…

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Nefesh West Coast Brings Together Local Orthodox Mental Health Professionals Yehudis Litvak Nefesh West Coast, a local branch of Nefesh—the International Network of Orthodox Mental Health Professionals—conducted its inaugural educational and networking event at the Chabad Outpatient Treatment Center. The event was chaired by Dr.…

Nefesh West Coast Brings Together Local Orthodox Mental Health Professionals

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The Power of Suggestion Sarah Pachter On a recent flight to Israel, my family was rather intrigued by the safety guidelines video.[1] Lior Suchard, the host, did a great job of keeping the attention of the travelers. Suchard is a famous mentalist, whose performances have…

Torah Musings: The Power of Suggestion

Finding Your Unique Purpose Rabbi Dov Heller, LMFT Each of us is here to make a unique contribution to better the world based on our unique abilities; to know what one’s unique contribution is, is to know one’s purpose. Besides having a unique personal mission,…

Emotional Health: Finding Your Unique Purpose

Dear readers, Imagine what it would be like if by the click of a button you could spring into someone else and see things from their perspective: their upbringing, their reality, their disappointments, their successes. I imagine the world would be a lot more of…

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Dear readers, Mishenichnas Adar marbim b’simchah! Our ability to feel joyous largely depends on our approach and attitude toward things. A few weeks ago, the skin on our toddler’s face had dry patches. I grabbed Vaseline, called her over, and was preparing to hold her…

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