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Shocked Out of Depression

Yael Schuster

Once viewed as a terrible procedure forced on the mentally ill, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is becoming more popular as it helps deeply depressed people emerge from a pit of despair. But the suspicion lingers. Is shock therapy the bedeviled curse some people claim, or the miracle cure proclaimed by many others?

 

Double-Wrapped Simchahs

Abby Delouya

“What do you mean you can’t hug Uncle Mort? He’s 70!” “Of course you can eat this — look, it has a big K on it.” “We can’t wait for you to meet the new rabbi of our synagogue — she’s amazing.” Attending the simchah of a secular relative can be an emotional and halachic minefield for even the most seasoned baal teshuvah. How to navigate the bittersweet experience.

 

Global Palate: Lower East Side Story

Estee Kafra

It promised to be the land of opportunity, where streets were paved with gold and anti-Semitism and pogroms a mere memory from the past.



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We Want to Stay Jews
Rabbi Moshe Grylak “It’s your fault my son is marrying a goyah!”
Scandal on Z Street
Yonoson Rosenblum Is the IRS becoming an instrument of partisan warfare?
Saved by the Buzzer
Eytan Kobre It wasn’t adopted frumkeit, it was actualized truth
The Switchblade and the Chazon Ish
Rabbi Meir Wikler The long-term effectiveness of our current actions
Financial Austerity
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The temptations of bribery are overwhelming
The Best Policy
Jacob L. Freedman “Start by being honest and asking for help”
Cause Then Effect
Faigy Peritzman Not what we say, but why we say it
Parental Burnout
Sarah Chana Radcliffe A burned-out parent can’t take care of anyone
On the Derech
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz Our own wavering in emunah opens the door to Amalek