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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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Fallen Idols
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Even the best of values can become idolatry
Declaring Bankruptcy
Yonoson Rosenblum The implosion of the Conservative movement
Something from Nothing
Eytan Kobre Israel should go for a bigger win than baseball
The Business Trip
Rabbi Avrohom Neuberger Sometimes business trips aren’t strictly business
Death and Taxes
Jacob L. Freedman Aliyah ups, downs, and all-arounds
Perspective Shift
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman Single, female, Orthodox, adult: not an oxymoron
Mission with Ambition
Faigy Peritzman The way you see her is what she will become
Drop the Nagging
Sarah Chana Radcliffe You can gain cooperation, but not by nagging
Trying Our Patience
Rebbetzin Aviva Feiner Savlanus isn’t just patience, it’s endurance
Redeeming Factor
Shoshana Itzkowitz “When was the last time we ate a meal behind the dryer?”