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The Mourning Of Hope: Seeking to Accommodate Light in Darkness

“I have learned to be stronger in my religious beliefs, not by trying to change another to be the way I am, but by respecting the way another person is and what he is prepared to share with me, and lastly, but most importantly, the very special soul Hashem has given him.

To wish him derech hatzlacha on his quest to find the right woman to share his life with, I, figuratively, raise a proverbial glass of wine (I can’t raise a literal one) and wish him a l’chaim.  Ironically, he can only figuratively drink it, because he, for his own religious reasons, doesn’t drink alcohol.  It makes me smile, and we actually laugh out loud.  Two figurative wine glasses, signs of deeply felt friendship, just clicked in some alternative existence.

About the Author: Judith Guedalia is Director, Neuropsychology Unit; Chief Psychologist; Shaare Zedek Medical Center; Licensed Supervisor and Specialist in Medical, Rehabilitation, and Developmental Psychology; EMDR Certified Practitioner: Supervisor; Certified ADOS Diagnostician; Co-Chair Nefesh Israel. Dr. Guedalia can be reached through her website: www.drjudithguedalia.com ALSO her new book: A Neuropsychologist’s Journal: Interventions and Judi-isms is available through Urim Press or on Amazon.


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