Saturday, October 31, 2020

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Quarantine Exemptions for Arrivals in Israel

This is the season for yeshiva and seminary students arriving in Israel for a year of exciting living and learning. It is also peak season for aliyah. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year is different from other years.

The start of this year will be memorable for a sorely tedious two


If I Can Be Happy Stuck in a Middle Seat, I Can Be Happy Anywhere!

Can you remember something you thought would make you happy, and shortly after you got it you felt…the same?

Our society tells us that things will make us happy. “When I just get this raise, or this house, or this relationship, or this job, or this marriage, or this divorce (etc.), then I


Coping With the Loss of My Son

My struggle with grief began when my dear son of 24 years suddenly passed away from a heart condition no one knew he had. A kind, sweet young man, Jacob was a good son, brother, uncle and friend to those who knew him.

He went to college and majored in psychology. He had plans to go to law school. He was


St. Mary’s General Hospital Opens New In-House Behavioral Health Unit

(Courtesy of St. Mary’s General Hospital) St. Mary’s General Hospital opened a completely new, state-of-the-art unit that provides patients a full team of experts including psychiatrists, psychiatric staff, geriatric specialists and psychiatric occupational specialists to assess and treat the unique needs of


Why Is It So Hard to Ask for Help?

On a recent trip to The Home Depot, I wandered around the store for close to an hour searching for a pipe. I finally found it in the plumbing aisle and checked out. I didn’t really think much about this experience until I went to a women’s clothing store later that day. At that store, I walked in, asked the sales associate for the item,


Mental Health Awareness for Seniors

(Courtesy of Englewood Health) The past few months have been especially hard on older people, who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 and at high risk for serious complications. Loneliness, anxiety and depression (all concerns before the pandemic) can be exacerbated by constraints on their normal routine, such as sheltering in


Living With a Mental Health Disorder

What does it mean to have a mental health disorder? And what is it like to live with someone who is struggling with it?

When someone suffers from a mental illness it means that he or she has a condition that affects his or her thinking, feeling or mood. Common types of mental disorders include


What Jigsaw Puzzles Taught Me About Life

Pesach was a three-day Yom Tov this year…AND in the middle of quarantine. I was filled with anxiety. It would just be me and my husband: no kids, no guests, no shul (read: no distractions). I am one of those people for whom the last hour of Shabbos feels like an eternity. Three days? How would I manage being cooped up with no distractions


Israelis and Palestinians Join Forces to Battle the Coronavirus

The Middle East is so often viewed in a negative context. Wars, clashes of cultures, corruption, poverty and international interventions typically capture the headlines. But the coronavirus pandemic, where essential cooperation is occurring despite longstanding conflicts, allows us to look at this region through a


NJ Eye and Ear Opens New Location

(Courtesy of NJ Eye and Ear) NJ Eye and Ear is serving up a whole new way to shop. Its new, two-story downtown Englewood location boasts a whopping 12,000-square-foot space with an abundance of eyewear displays for adults and children all ages. Children and parents can ride up the elevator with their strollers, play in a dedicated


New Analytic Tool Aids Radiologists With Mammogram Backlog

(Courtesy of Israel21c) One of the many ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is that imaging centers cancelled or postponed annual mammogram appointments.

A 94% drop in mammography during lockdown leaves women at risk of missing early detection of breast cancer. Now the centers are opening


Vitamin D Helps Fight COVID-19, Major Study Finds

(Courtesy of Israel21c) A low level of vitamin D in blood plasma appears to be an independent risk factor for COVID-19 infection and hospitalization, said scientists from Israeli HMO Leumit Health Services and the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine of Bar-Ilan University.

The researchers came to their