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Making Peace With The Date of Expiration

20 Heshvan 5771 – October 27, 2010
"And Avraham expired and died at a good age, mature and content and he was gathered to his people." (English translation of verse 8, chapter 25, Parshat Chayai Sarah in the Book of Genesis.)

It’s My Opinion: First Do No Harm

28 Tishri 5771 – October 6, 2010
One of my dearest friends recently flew to New York to be with her ailing father who had suffered a severe heart attack. Sadly, he did not survive.

A World Gone Mad (Part One)

15 Elul 5770 – August 25, 2010
There's a legendary story about a kingdom, which was hit by tragedy one year. The entire harvest was poisoned and everyone who ate of it went crazy. The good citizens were at a loss, not knowing what to do. If they were to eat, they would become mad. On the other hand, if they refrained from eating, they would starve to death. What to do?

Mazel Tov – Cause For Weeping

24 Av 5770 – August 4, 2010
There is so much tragedy, so much sham in the world, that people no longer know how to make a distinction between emes - truth, and blatant falsehood - and we Jews suffer from this plague more than others. Israel is constantly under attack, constantly demonized by a world that has become increasingly anti-Semitic, by a world that would secretly be happy to G-d forbid, see yet another Holocaust unfold.

Title: No Such Victim: A Book About Divine Providence and How to Work with...

18 Tammuz 5770 – June 30, 2010
With a title such as this, Rabbi Winston's new book belongs in every Jewish home and institution. Page 180 holds a delicious, psychologically satisfying insight and answer to your confusion about the purpose and function of personal suffering.

Israel Grapples With Widespread Condemnation Over Flotilla Attack

20 Sivan 5770 – June 2, 2010
JERUSALEM - With nations around the world condemning Israel for the deaths of nine activists aboard a Gaza-bound ship, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a planned visit to the White House.

Theresa Lato’s Legacy

28 Iyyar 5770 – May 12, 2010
"My mother will be buried at the Yarkon Cemetary, Geula Hall, on Wednesday, March 17, at 11:30." The terse message from Eli Lato delivered a stunning, unexpected blow. Does "will be buried," mean that Theresa Lato is no more? Is Theresa Lato, the frail, soft-spoken lady who was like a one-woman armada fighting simultaneously on multiple fronts -silenced forever?

Title: The Garden of Spices; Recipes for Life

21 Iyyar 5770 – May 5, 2010
Beloved nutritional counselor a.k.a. naturopath Shoshanna Harrari lives in Israel and hops around the globe helping clients to live healthier lives. With an impressive record for reversing disease, the author is an in-demand speaker and consultant. Her recipe book is a tool for resting her voice and a great addition to many kitchens. Photos by Shoshanna's husband Micah Harrari show the bounty of blessings upon our plates, if only we'll put them there.

When The Absence Of Pain Is Pleasure

30 Nisan 5770 – April 14, 2010
There is an old joke that describes a passerby who sees a man repeatedly hitting his head against a wall. Each time his head hits the wall, the man yelps in pain. Concerned, the first man runs up to him and asks why he keeps banging his head when it obviously hurts when he does so. The man answers, "Because it feels so good when I stop."

Rescue Us From The Valley Of Tears

12 Shevat 5770 – January 27, 2010
Our forefather Yaakov is considered to have been the patriarch who endured the most suffering. Although our rabbis look to the binding of Yitzchak and the trial of Avraham as the epitome of suffering in the form of self-sacrifice, Yaakov is our greatest teacher in the difficult subject of dealing with life's hardships.

A Validating Experience (Part II)

20 Tevet 5770 – January 6, 2010
How does one comfort an individual mourning the loss of a loved one? What does one say so that the grieving person will feel consoled?

The Second Time Around

13 Tevet 5770 – December 30, 2009
Have you ever asked yourself-or anyone else: If you could live your life all over again, what different choices would you make?

The Second Time Around

Have you ever asked yourself-or anyone else: If you could live your life all over again, what different choices would you make?

Psycho-Neurological Testing

19 Tishri 5770 – October 7, 2009
Many well spouses have written to say that their partners' behaviors has changed drastically, making life very difficult for the entire family. "What in my spouse's behavior is choice and what is a result of the illness and beyond my partner's control?" It is a question that tortures many spouses of the chronically ill.

We Are Invisible: Making The Caregiver Visible

15 Av 5769 – August 5, 2009
As we saw last week, the response to the articles entitled The Loss of Femininity (July 3, July 10, 2009) showed an overwhelming number of women identifying with the loss of femininity as they care for their ill spouses. Along with this loss came letters expressing the loneliness they feel, because their spouse's illness prevents many caregivers from attending s'machos of friends and family.

Circle Of Friends: A Group For The Single Woman

23 Tammuz 5769 – July 15, 2009
When you lose your spouse, whether s/he was sick or healthy, whether it's through divorce or death, the transition period into the next part of your life is a difficult one. Many new singles find that they no longer fit into their old friendships. They are no longer part of a couple, so associating with couples can be uncomfortable.

The Loss Of Femininity (Part II)

16 Tammuz 5769 – July 8, 2009
Last week I wrote about how female caregivers are affected by the role reversals that take place as they care for husbands with chronic illness. As the husband's illness progresses, and he is able to do less and less for himself, his wife ends up doing more. And, as she continues to take on the traditional male roles, her loss of femininity may escalate. When this happens, it is reflected in how she cares or perhaps in how she stops caring and taking care of herself.

The Loss Of Femininity (Part I)

9 Tammuz 5769 – July 1, 2009
For most women, care-giving means taking on many of the roles that were routinely filled by their husbands, in addition to those things they were already responsible for. For many of these women, this has been hard to deal with. Not just because of the difficult physical nature of these new, additional roles, or even the tremendous emotional burden that has been added to the women's daily routine.

Alone And Not Alone

12 Iyyar 5769 – May 6, 2009
Remembering My Dear Wife, Rebbetzin Lillian Chomsky, On Her First Yahrzeit                                    Alone and not alone am I,   Little till now did I know why.   Of...

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