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Birchot Hashachar III

April 16, 2013, by

In his classic work, Chovos Halevovos, Rabbi  Bahya ibn Paquda of Saragossa, Spain, describes the human phenomenon whereby people do not appreciate how good their lives really are. He explains the matter with the following metaphor: “If a baby is rescued from a wild jungle and nurtured, raised, protected and educated in a traditional home, the child will eventually expect the good […]

Jewish Medical Ethics Conference

March 21, 2013, by

For MP3 recordings from our 4th International Jewish Medical Ethics Conference, please click here. Here’s what people have said about our previous Jewish Medical Ethics conferences: “Yasher Koach for a marvelous weekend at Lake Placid. There wasn’t a person who I spoke to who didn’t rave about every aspect of the programming.” “It was the […]

Prayer for the Soldiers

March 21, 2013, by

Misheberach l’Chayalai Tzahal Our need to identify with Tzahal and to pray for its success should be part of our daily prayers: for children in school, people in shul, and on erev Shabbat when we light the candles. We can all unite behind Tzahal. Hopefully, hundreds of thousands of voices raised in prayer will have […]

Sharing Our Secret: The Great Community of Cherry Hill, NJ

March 21, 2013, by

By Alise R. Panitch, Esq. It was about two years ago that the residents of Cherry Hill, NJ were told that we were eligible to participate in the OU Emerging Communities Fair.  This was fantastic news to us.  After all, we love the fact that Cherry Hill is the kind of warm, friendly community where everybody […]

‘Go South Young Family,’ Our Move to Jacksonville, FL

March 21, 2013, by

By Yonit de Metz Deciding to leave everyone and everything you know for the unknown requires a compelling reason. On the outside our life was ideal: my husband Asher and I had great friends, access to several synagogues, an abundance of kosher services, and once a month we’d head to Lakewood, NJ or Manhattan to […]

OU Jewish Community Fair 2013: Dry Cleaner 101

March 21, 2013, by

OU Jewish Communities Fair, now in its fourth year offers information and resources to families and individuals wishing to improve their quality of life by relocating to affordable Jewish Communities that offer professional opportunities. This year’s event, on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, (110 W. 19th Street, New York, NY) promises to […]

Reclaiming the Body: Anorexia and Bulimia in the Jewish Community

March 20, 2013, by

Judith Ruskay Rabinor, Ph.D. The American Eating Disorder Center of Long Island jrrabinor@gmail.com Originally published in the book “What May I Do With My Body” Jewish Choices/Jewish Voices: Contemporary Ethics, Spirituality, and Identity. Published by the Jewish Publication Society, editors, Elliot Dorff and Louis Newman “To save one life is to save the world.” The […]

Making Our Lives a Blessing: The Therapist’s Voice

March 20, 2013, by

Judith Ruskay Rabinor, Ph.D. (Originally published in Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, Philadelphia: Routledge; Volume 6, Issue 2, Summer 1998.) “Help us find the courage, to make our lives a blessing.”* Healing remains one of the genuine mysteries of life. Throughout history, artists, poets, writers and healers have grappled with the question […]

Orthodox Judaism: Features and Issues for Psychotherapy

March 20, 2013, by

Kate Miriam Loewenthal, Psychology Department Royal Holloway University of London Egham Surrey TW20 0EX UK c.loewenthal@rhul.ac.uk Important aspects of Orthodox Judaism. What are the most fundamental aspects of orthodox Jewish beliefs and life-style? Which are most salient for psychology and psychotherapy? Since the destruction of the second Temple nearly 2,000 years ago, many Jewish were […]

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