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Jacob L. Freedman, MD

Joining The Mossad’s Minyan

July 9, 2018, by

Nissim was a brilliant kid. Or at least that was what everyone was telling me in the week leading up to our appointment. By now I’d heard from his mother, his father, and his Rosh Yeshivah. Apparently he was also loving, kind, peaceful, and a great learner. His younger brother Sasson–who I’d helped out a

The Unreasonable Request

June 25, 2018, by

The consultation with Mrs. Burger was just about as parve as it could be until I asked a question about her surgical history. “I’m sorry,” I said as I was quite confused by her answer. “Your husband wants you to do what?” There was no way I’d heard her correctly.  But then Mrs. Burger repeated

Aliyah Sour Grapes?

May 31, 2018, by

Yoram had initially come to see me for “help with focusing.” “Maybe I have ADHD?” he asked. But nothing about his case suggested this was the case. Here was a talented computer programmer and business man, a dedicated family man, and a spiritual individual who had zero trouble focusing when he wasn’t too tired to

Cured for a Day

May 10, 2018, by

Elazar vacillated between staring at me and awkwardly looking away.  Something was up but I wasn’t in the right mindset to think too much about it.  After all, I was still very much in shock. After starting to tell me a few times and then stopping himself, Elazar finally said what was on his mind, “You

Speaking Up About Addiction, the Ultimate Slavery

March 12, 2018, by

Isaac’s road to sobriety hadn’t been particularly easy. I had originally seen Isaac and his wife, Etty, for couples therapy due to his drinking problem. He had been motivated to stay sober but wasn’t willing to give it the time and energy it truly required. “The firm won’t let me take off any time to

I’m a Jew and I’m Proud

November 9, 2017, by

Earlier this month a famous Jewish comedian was on television and made some very inappropriate jokes about Am Yisrael. While the media made a big deal regarding his belittling of The Holocaust, other parts of the act received less attention.  But the ones which I personally found to be the most obscene got the least

Sukkot: Keeping the Big Picture in Mind

October 1, 2017, by

Anger is a force of nature stronger than any tsunami, hurricane, or earthquake I’ve experienced. While the latter can destroy cars and buildings, anger can destroy human beings. Every day during my morning commute on the bus, I see regular people—moms and dads, lawyers and accountants—screaming at each other over who gets the window seat.

A Single Guf

September 8, 2017, by

The first question most people asked me when I told them I was moving to Eretz Yisrael was usually, “have you lost your mind?” This was generally followed by a question related to economics and finances, something to the effect of, “do you have a job lined up over there?” or “don’t you know parnassah is