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Perhaps you can speak about this issue with a rav with whom you feel comfortable. Explain how you perceived the aforementioned rabbi’s talk. It is important to be dan l’caf zechus (giving him the benefit of the doubt) while exhibiting the utmost derech eretz. Putting your thoughts in writing is an option.

Thank you very much for bringing this issue to the fore. Your letter helps klal Yisrael understand the seriousness of depression and other mental illnesses. Hatzlachah!

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Dear Dr. Yael:

In a past column, someone requested information about emunah. I very highly recommend the following:

1) “The Light of Gratitude” CD # 579, and “Stop Crying” CD # 502. (Both are available at Breslev.co.il.)

2) “The Faith At Work Series,” by Ephraim Wachsman.

3) “Stop Worrying” by Rav Zev Smith (Irgun Shiurei Torah, Brooklyn, NY).

Anonymous

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Dr. Yael Respler is a psychotherapist in private practice who provides marital, dating and family counseling. Dr. Respler also deals with problems relating to marital intimacy. Letters may be emailed to deardryael@aol.com. To schedule an appointment, please call 917-751-4887. Dr. Orit Respler-Herman, a child psychologist, co-authors this column and is now in private practice providing complete pychological evaluations as well as child and adolescent therapy. She can be reached at 917-679-1612. Previous columns can be viewed at www.jewishpress.com and archives of Dr. Respler’s radio shows can be found at www.dryaelrespler.com.