Friday, February 03, 2023

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Family Travel Without Leaving Home

Maybe it’s raining or it’s snowing. Maybe you are tired. Maybe you are COVID-parenting these days and responsibly social distancing. The children are starting to whine that they want to go somewhere! SOMEWHERE? But where? Well, how about telling the children, “OK, let’s go to Israel” or “Let’s go to India. Quick, Elie,


Thanks to Corona Lockdown Enforcement, Woman Freed From Get-Refusing Husband

(Courtesy of Ohr Torah Stone) Thanks in large part to a police checkpoint set up to identify people breaking Israel’s ongoing lockdown, a man who had been refusing his wife’s request for a Jewish divorce was arrested and soon thereafter consented to her request.

The wife had filed for divorce over


The New Casual

A current TV commercial (I don’t actually remember what was being advertised) depicts a lively, attractive 20-something woman, dressed in a conservative top, getting ready in the morning. We see her pick up a lipstick, pause, and decide not to apply it to her lips. She then walks outside to a large porch and


Anger: What Lies Beneath

Anger is complicated. When an individual feels angry, he tends to express this experience with destructive behavior—whether it’s physically destructive (i.e., breaking things) or emotionally destructive (i.e., making hurtful comments). The response by others is often focused on this external behavior. Like post-hurricane efforts, the


In All Things It Wasn’t, It Was

The end of the pandemic summer found us scrounging for a quick family vacation before school started, a desire that stemmed from endless months of sheltering in place and feeling trapped. Of feeling like we missed opportunities to celebrate, to travel, to connect, to explore. Of watching time pass by from the inside of our four walls. Since


Chagim, Infertility and Friendship

Here they were facing another year with empty arms. The conflicting emotions of intense pain for another year gone by without the fulfillment of their most fervent dream and hope for the future. Another year of failed cycles. Another year of being different. Another year of infertility ruling their lives. Another year in which everyone


The Journey

Sara and Jeremy were excited to grow their family.

Here they were, married for a little over a year. They were adults, yet still so young. They expected life to be easier, as it appeared to be for all their friends. Birth announcements, bris invites, simchat bats and meal train emails seemed to be


Is Tummy Time for My Baby That Important?

I am writing this article as a Bubby with a great deal of experience both personally and professionally in the baby domain. I have friends who will ask me questions regarding their grandchildren’s development particularly because life for the young parent got even busier than it had been for us more mature folks. With the current


They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To

Our very knowledgeable and reliable appliance repairman recently declared our 24-year-old washing machine to be unfixable. It’s time on this earth is limited. Today anyone might rightly say, “Twenty-four years of service from a major appliance is unheard of…just appreciate the service it gave you and move on.” I


National Suicide Prevention Month Is Coming

September is (US) National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. In May of this past year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) website shared new survey findings that reveal people experience anxiety (53%) and sadness (51%) more often now than before the coronavirus pandemic. Despite physical distancing guidelines, Americans


Musings of a Grieving Mother

(Reprinted with permission)

I knew that my daughter’s days in this world were numbered. I felt her slipping away from us, and there was nothing that I could do to keep her here. For years, I put every ounce of my energy into keeping my daughter alive, into obstructing her eating disorder and


Eating Disorders: How We Can Help

Note from Recovery column editor, Eta Levenson: Eating disorders can be very serious, even fatal. This article is dedicated to the memory of Gavrielle bat Asher Selig, z”l, who succumbed to the disorder and its comorbid depression this past month.

Michelle was first referred to me by the school nurse.

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