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Please Place Brain In Gear Before Operating The Mouth

None of us would deliberately hurt our friends. We would not tell jokes about the blind to a blind person or to a relative of a blind person.

Smart Cars – Stupid Drivers

From time to time, I am asked where I get ideas for my articles. The answer is simple. Just from getting up in the morning and experiencing life.

The Aguna-In-Waiting

A Get (Jewish divorce) must be given freely and received freely. A man must be able, in front of two witnesses, to indicate his willingness to divorce his wife.

My Ever Decreasing Circle Of Good Friends

My mother used to say you never know who your good friends are until you go through a crisis.

Stupidity

While recently riding on a private local bus, I couldn't help but overhear two elderly, balbatish ladies talking.

Understanding The Caregiver Of The Chronically Ill: The Person Behind The Chair

Let's paint a picture with your mind. Picture a couple. The wife is standing beside her husband. Lets add four children, say three, five, seven and an infant. Paint a beautiful summer day. The birds are singing, the flowers are out and the grass is lush and green. The family is taking a walk. The three year old is balancing on his new tricycle. The infant is asleep in a stroller. The five and seven year olds are kicking a soccer ball as they walk along. The family stops to sit under a tree. The infant has fallen asleep.

A Visit From Beyond

During this past Yom Tov, I spent some time with my son who lives out of town.

Coping With Depression – The Holistic Alternative

Last week I wrote about well spouses who eventually chose to get a physicians help with the problems they were having coping, with their partners' chronic illness.

A Son’s Wedding: A Slap In The Face Of Our Enemies

My first-born son's recent marriage was a huge simcha for the family, but the wedding was actually the culmination of a simcha that began years ago - at his bris.

Coping With Depression

Many people in my generation were brought up with an aversion to any medication that did not deal with a physical problem.

Going Up In Smoke

Walking along a Brooklyn street recently, I saw a scene that could very well be used in a dictionary to explain the word nachas.

We Welcome The Disabled… Yeah Right

The law requires disability access in most public places. For the most part, new stores, restaurants and theaters have complied.

Emotional Trauma

Emotional trauma takes an invisible toll. Unlike a physical ailment, an illness or a broken leg, the trauma is not visible to the eye.

The Domino Effect

Have you ever stood dominoes up in a row about an inch apart and then tipped the first one over?

Love, Trust And Faith – Achieving True Peace Of Mind

During Rosh Hashona, when it is customary to greet friend and stranger alike with good wishes for the upcoming year, I try to avoid uttering the phrase, "Have a happy and healthy New Year.

The Incorrigible Patient

We are in a new phase of medical treatment - patient participation.

The Other Side Of Invisibility

I was recently in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I could not get over the magnificent scenery.

Criminal Insensitivity

Years ago, when I was in college, I took an undergraduate course in law. I don't remember much of what I learned, but the concept of criminal negligence has stuck in my mind.

Overloaded

We have all experienced overload. It happens when our minds are just too full of worry, problems, or things that must be done now.

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

How we see ourselves and what we think we are capable of doing are very powerful forces.

Are You Playing Russian Roulette With Your Life?

I recently attended an out-of-town simcha. Among the guests were several acquaintances whom I hadn't seen in several years.

Social Inappropriateness

Socially inappropriate behavior is part and parcel of chronic illness.

Making Lemonade The Positive Memories

I just got off the phone with my oldest grandson. He is four.

Not Music To My Ears

I was at a wedding just the other day, and the music was deafening.

You’re So Strong!

Loss is a personal and monumental event. It is different for everyone who experiences it.

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