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Death is a natural occurrence, and it is a normal reaction to feel overwhelmed and confused when a loved one dies. This Guide for the Grieving is a resource for: reviewing descriptions of traditional Jewish ritual and mourning practices, navigating practical decisions and understanding the range of physical, mental, behavioral, and emotional responses one may experience following the death of a loved one.
So many people lack the basic information necessary to make informed decisions about their mental health care. In this short resource, we lay out some basic features of mental health care to help you through that difficult process.
A personal story. The concept of Betzelem Elohim—that we are each created in the image of sacred divinity and worthy of honor—has become one of my favorites, perhaps because it always eluded me in the past.
Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, is an important and powerful day. It serves as a reminder of what we have lost and what we must never allow to happen again. But it should also serve as a reminder of those who are still affected by the traumas of the Holocaust like those suffering from intergenerational trauma...
This groundbreaking video on suicide prevention highlights lesser-known risk factors. This video was produced in collaboration with No Shame On U and MISSD (The Medication-Induced Suicide Prevention and Education Foundation in Memory of Stewart Dolin). This project was generously funded by UpStart.
Prayer is an essential aspect of religious experience. But while hundreds of thousands of people around the world practice daily prayer, they don’t always fully appreciate the ways prayer, at least Jewish prayer, can actually help to nurture our mental health and wellness with its proscribed routines and ways of thinking that can act as self-care.
We are going to know a new freedom” -Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 83. I have always marveled at the paradox that our nation’s liberation from the bondage of slavery is marked by the quintessential period of restriction. A holiday that requires us to adhere to strict guidelines and detailed instructions with such profound exactitude and measure. To distance ourselves from something that in the rest of the year we get to engage in unconditionally. This is freedom? In working firsthand with individuals in addiction treatment as they battle for ultimate freedom, I now understand that the answer to this question is a resounding yes.