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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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