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Everybody Is a Winner

29 Tishri 5773 – October 14, 2012
I recently read a disturbing news article about a social phenomenon that is tragic beyond words. The article stated that more people were losing their lives by committing suicide than by car crashes. This conclusion was based on a recent study by the American Journal of Public Health based on data compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics from the years 2000-2009. Why are so many people killing themselves, or attempting to, since some try but fail? I can only imagine that they are looking for a way out of lives saturated with abject misery; they feel trapped in a cage of never-ending unhappiness.

‘I Celebrate Your Holy Name’

26 Tishri 5773 – October 11, 2012
I am postponing the follow-up to my previous column – “Technology, Yom Kippur, Ahmadinejad” – so that I might share with you a very personal experience.

Medicinal Cannabis and Dr. Johnny

19 Tishri 5773 – October 5, 2012
“Your father is finished, we’ve done all that we can,” they would say, adding, “Johnny. Talk to Johnny.”

‘Did You Add Salt to a Wound?’

13 Tishri 5773 – September 28, 2012
Just days ago on Yom Kipper, The Day of Judgment, Jews gathered as one in shuls, shteibels and temples and desperately and profusely promised Hashem that we would reform our ways and improve our behaviors and actions towards Him, our Father and Creator, as well as towards our fellow man, who, being made in His image, is deserving of our respect and compassion, and of being treated as an equal, no matter their social or financial status, age or gender.

Use Fish not Chicken for Kaparot

8 Tishri 5773 – September 23, 2012
Notions of animal cruelty do not apply to fish under Jewish law, so by using a fish for the Kapparot ritual one would avoid causing unnecessary pain to an animal yet still have the benefit of using a live creature for the ritual.

Feel Frightened and Depressed? Be Happy!

27 Elul 5772 – September 14, 2012
Simply put, to the initiate, the pain that comes with t’shuva is scary. The baal t’shuva is the man of courage. He is the true hero. He is the one prepared to set out on the greatest journey in life.

Cheeseburgers and T’shuva

26 Elul 5772 – September 13, 2012
Only t’shuva can reconnect the sinner with God. Only t’shuva can restore the harmony between a man’s soul and the world. Only t’shuva can wipe away the sins which prevent a man from being a positive contributor to life.

Remembering and Forgetting on 9/11

25 Elul 5772 – September 12, 2012
Despite President Obama's assertions at the 9-11 memorial that the fight against terror is only against al Qaeda, it was still good to hear him speaking about the enduring nature of a nation’s memory of its terror victims. Here in Israel, we (the bloggers behind This Ongoing War) waged a campaign for years to require the Jerusalem municipality to remember Jerusalem’s victims of terror.

Fearing Vandalism, Eilat Hotels Refuse Guests Under Age 21, IDF Soldiers Included

24 Elul 5772 – September 11, 2012
Ronnie Pivko, CEO of the Club Hotel chain, said: "I feel the pain of the soldiers who want and are not allowed to stay with us, but the damage outweighs the pain."

Struggling With Homosexuality

20 Elul 5772 – September 6, 2012
The Gemarah in Kiddushin (82a) indicates that homosexuality is not something that Jews have to deal with because “Jews are not suspect to be homosexual”. In fact the Rambam (Issurei Biah 22:2) uses this Gemarah as a basis for a Halachik ruling. So, how do we understand this Gemara and Rambam in the light of the many people who present to therapy struggling with this issue?

German state of Berlin Declares Circumcision, Not Brit Milah, Legal

Berlin declares circumcision legal only if performed by a doctor. Brit Mila by a Mohel is still illegal.

The World’s Greatest Joy

17 Elul 5772 – September 4, 2012
Even people who have tasted all of life’s secular pleasures insist that the experience of t’shuva is the world’s greatest joy.

T’Shuva and Finding Happiness

11 Elul 5772 – August 29, 2012
Rabbi Kook teaches that t’shuva encompasses man’s physical being, his moral life, religious life, and his highest, most ideal intellectual endeavor. T’shuva is man’s...

Road To Recovery

Dear Brocha, Hi, I'm not sure how writing to an advice column can help, but I feel so alone and have nowhere to turn. My...

The Greatest Gift You Could Leave Your Family

25 Av 5772 – August 12, 2012
How to lighten the load in the case of disaster.

Road To Recovery

23 Av 5772 – August 10, 2012
Dear Readers, I do not regret the past, nor do I wish to shut the door on it. I am now able to understand, feel serenity and know peace. No matter how far down the road I have traveled, I now see how my experiences can benefit others. This is part of the Al-Anon/Nar-anon 12 promises that can be achieved by everyone who “works it.” But I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s start at the beginning:

Criticizing While Respecting

3 Av 5772 – July 22, 2012
Dear Dr. Respler: My parents, who I love dearly, constantly contradict what I say to my children. They constantly interfere with the way my wife and I raise our children. For her part, my wife is very frustrated with this situation. What makes it harder for her, her parents live out of town while my parents live close by and are thus more involved with our children.

Trying to be Normal…Again

29 Tammuz 5772 – July 19, 2012
My stomach is tied in knots. I'm tense and I can feel my heart racing. It's been so long since I had this sense of dread choking my throat. A terrorist has blown up a bus of Israelis. Not in Israel - in Bulgaria. I'm following the news. Three dead. Five dead. At least seven dead.

“By the Rivers of Brooklyn”

28 Tammuz 5772 – July 18, 2012
When I look at the pictures of Brooklyn and Toronto, and Boca and Beverly Hills, I pray with all my heart that God open their eyes, and give them a heart of flesh to feel the horror of their plight, living in strange impure lands, living make-believe identities, as if they are Americans and Frenchmen and Australians and Germans, when they are really the descendents of Israelites displaced from their Homeland.

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