Saturday, December 04, 2021

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COVID Isolation in Senior Facilities Transformed by ‘Obie’

Many are familiar with the sad reality of isolation experienced by our aging loved ones living in senior care facilities. While some of the stories may be disheartening, there are uplifting stories as well, one of which, about a technology called “Obie,” was shared by Teaneck’s own Shira Weiss.


Seven Steps to Mentschhood

Step #7

Part 1

קדושים תהיו...

“You shall be holy…”

דבר אל כל עדת בני ישראל ואמרת אלהם

קדושים תהיו


How to Help a Struggling Reader

“My child hates reading. Whenever we have to sit for reading homework it becomes such a power struggle as a full-on temper tantrum begins. I can’t do it anymore so I just stop pushing. Tears and screams go on for 20 minutes and I just can’t bear it each night.” That is the struggle of a parent trying to help a child read.


Win, Win, Win

As our outdoor chores wind down and the last leaves are bagged, we turn our thoughts indoors and inside our clothes closets. We evaluate and analyze. We see the clothes that we love and we wore until they wore out. I call them “faves” or “BFFs.” We see the clothes we never actually liked and we are ready part with. I call


Practice Self Care During Stressful Times

As you may expect, COVID-19 has been accompanied by a significant uptick in mental health concerns in many ways, in virtually all affected populations. Increases in anxiety and depression, with their associated feelings of loneliness, sadness and general negative state of mind, are abundant. These are related to the illness itself—fear of


OTs Do Things Differently

It was my 12th-grade class trip that firmed up my decision to become an occupational therapist. An incident with a classmate with muscular difficulties that I was able to help showed me exactly what I wanted to become. I loved that occupational therapy (OT) is a profession that, while based on science, prides itself on thinking outside the


Marijuana Legalized in New Jersey. So Now What Do We Do?

As of Election Day this year, marijuana usage and sale has been legalized in New Jersey. Whether we voted for it or not, it’s a done deal. And so the question is, now what?

Many of us are still in shock; it would have been one thing to decriminalize the use of marijuana, which some of us could


Waiting Patiently on the Sidelines

“As a parent you are as happy as your most unhappy child. It was so hard sitting on the sidelines watching our children struggle. We saw their pain and anguish. And we wanted to make it go away. We wanted them to have a child so badly, and knowing that there was nothing we could do to make it happen was devastating. It felt like just


Prepping for Meal Prep

I am considering learning a new skill. Okay, I mean besides Instagram. I would like to learn the art of meal prepping, or as it is referred to across the pond, “batch cooking.”

Meal prepping is cooking one or more large meals to store in your freezer in portions for future meals


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

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