Saturday, June 06, 2020

Health Link

You’ve Got a Friend in Me: A Vignette in Jewish Chaplaincy

I have been quite fortunate to work in pastoral care for the majority of the past 20 years or so. Of course it is quite challenging on many levels, requiring a delicate blend of empathy, sympathy, professionalism and more than a little common sense. If I were to pinpoint my goal in each visit, I’d say that I try to make it positive and,


Don’t Be Derailed by a Fast Day

Dear Basya,

I am so nervous about the upcoming fast. I usually make all sorts of baked goods to break my fast, and I want this year to be different. I have been following your program for a few weeks already, and I don’t want to mess this up now! Please advise.


Giving or Receiving: Purim and Attachment to the Results

There is an idea that I learned in my current workplace when being trained as a therapist: Do not be attached to the results. The implication is that while helping those suffering from an eating disorder, we need to practice not being attached to the “result” (how much or little the client changes their behavior) and instead


Jewish Home Wears Red for Heart Health

Both campuses of the Jewish Home Family – the Jewish Home at Rockleigh and River Vale’s Jewish Home for Assisted Living— wore red for heart health awareness last week. The annual custom spreads awareness among staff and elders about healthy eating and lifestyle decisions that contribute to long-term cardiac health.


Hospital Awards: Are They Like the Oscars?

(Courtesy of St. Mary’s General Hospital) When we think of awards, we think of the Oscars or the Grammys – awards for best performance in their respective category. Names are submitted to the awards shows organization and are voted on by the members is a simplified explanation – basically a popularity show.


The Dark Side of Purim

(Courtesy of St. Mary’s General Hospital) It’s coming soon–– that holiday where we all get so drunk we can’t differentiate between “blessed is Mordechai and cursed is Haman.” What a beautiful scene––young kids wobbling down the street, or maybe driving their friends to houses collecting for their yeshiva, or just dancing


Generalized Anxiety Disorder: The Invisible and Neglected Disorder

I have been researching and treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) for the past 20 years in diverse settings. Without indulging in too much self-promotion, I have written one book on the topic, another one is in process, a book chapter, several articles and been a guest editor on the subject for a prestigious psychiatric journal.


New Oleh Dentist Makes a Difference in Jerusalem

(Courtesy of DVI) Dr. Harry Harcsztark, formerly of Teaneck, arrived in Israel November 20, 2019, as a new oleh making a new life living in Jerusalem. As a new citizen of Israel, he decided to start his new life by volunteering at the Trudi Birger Dental Clinic in Jerusalem, through a special program called Dental


Be Heart Smart: Tips From a Cardiologist

The heart is one of the hardest working organs in the human body. It beats 80 times per minute and pumps upwards of 1,500 gallons of blood per day. It’s no wonder that when we treat our bodies poorly—when we smoke, eat junk food, and shun exercise—our workaholic hearts bear the brunt of that neglect.


Winter Break in Israel: YU Students Explore High-Tech Innovations and Advances in Health Care

(Courtesy of YU) Deepening the ties between Yeshiva University and Israel, a select group of 30 YU undergraduates (including Rensop Fellows 2020) participated in a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity to explore Israel’s dynamic startup culture at its source: game-changing organizations and institutions founded by entrepreneurs,


The Story Beneath the Surface

It often becomes difficult for medical professionals in a hospital to remember that each person lying in the bed is a person and not only a disease. And every single one of those people has their own, unique story.

As I walked into the bright, sun-lit room and after brief introductions, I sat down next to Jake, a 62-year old nice-looking man, admitted for


How to Help Your Child With Autism Make Friends

Of the many concerns parents of children with autism express to me, the greatest challenge is their child’s difficulties in using appropriate social skills to establish and maintain friendships and relationships. This is understandable, as friendships and social connections are a vital foundation of a healthy, happy and fulfilling life.