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A Calm View of Anxiety

Anxiety abounds today, including among children.  Is there any reason to doubt why it’s rampant?  Covid.  The war in the Ukraine.  Terrorist attacks in Israel.  45 families marking tragic first-year Yahrzeits on Lag B’Omer this week.  Attacks in the local public transportation systems.  A bomb scare at our own local JCC.  Unfortunately, the list is

Shaul vs. Esther: Learning to Live a Committed Life

March 11, 2019, by

As we approach Purim, the focus of the days immediately preceding the holiday becomes the long history of the relationship between Amalek and the Jewish people. Beginning with the few pesukim comprising Parshas Zachor, we remember Amalek’s original attack on the Jewish people shortly after the Jews left Egypt. Then, we read the less famous

“What Are You, Crazy?” Changing the Way We Speak

January 15, 2019, by

I used to work for an organization that was composed of some of the most creative individuals you could ever hope to find. The down side was that, when we had a staff conference, trying to get them all where they were supposed to be was like trying to herd cats. When I lamented the

Raising Mental Health Awareness in Baltimore

December 27, 2018, by

Last week, the Baltimore Orthodox community was treated to an outstanding event. The theme of the night was raising mental health awareness: how to help oneself and others, the importance of getting treatment and going to therapy, and reducing shame and stigma. Watch video from the event, including words from Rabbi Ephraim Eliyahu Shapiro: Read

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

Connecting to the Churban Through Personal Adversity

June 18, 2018, by

Rabbi Shmuel Bloom talks about his life-changing experience and dealing with personal adversity. How do we connect to the churban? We all have our own personal churban, how do we overcome those events. How can we use that to imagine what it must have been like to suffer the loss of the Beit HaMikdash? How

Trigger Warning: Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain

June 12, 2018, by

This article is not only about trigger warnings, it also is one: we are going to address suicide. Please stop here if you find such discussions triggering. People of my generation tend to scoff at the ubiquity of trigger warnings, content warnings and other emotional accommodations afforded in this day and age. Things like a

It’s Time to Confront Mental Health in the Orthodox Community

June 7, 2017, by

It’s time to bring the conversation about mental health to the forefront in our community. It’s time to meet all of the wonderful resources for people in our community whose pain is from something you can’t see, but hurts no less. It’s time for people to learn that they are not the only ones in