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Leaving the Darkness Behind

As Told to Malkie Schulman

Years and years of childhood abuse or neglect harm the psyche in myriad ways. Traditional talk therapy is often unable to assuage the pain. One woman’s story of healing, and a look at effective methods of treating long-term trauma.

 

In the Bag

Libi Astaire

How would we ever leave the house without a place to stash our money, keys, and phone, not to mention a sefer Tehillim, Chapstick, and other odds and ends? It’s not just us — the need for a carryall goes back to ancient times, although the solutions have evolved over the centuries.

 

SisterSchmooze

Marcia Stark Meth / Emmy Stark Zitter / Miriam Stark Zakon

To paraphrase Mark Twain, rumors of the Yiddish language’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Just look up these words in the dictionary: Schmooze. Schlep. Schlemiel. Schlimazel. Meshuga. Kvetch. They’re all there! Integrated into English, used even among non-Jews.



 
Hidden Power
Yonoson Rosenblum One never knows the power of his or her mitzvos
Can You Tell a Phony?
Eytan Kobre “You’re not using the phone; the phone is using you”
Grief and Gratitude
Yisroel Besser The deepest, most sophisticated truth in the world
Nobody's Perfect
Alexandra Fleksher With the gift of maturity, we learn to accept
Colossal Humility
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The last words I ever heard from my rebbi
Ready and Waiting
Baruch S. Fertel, MD, MPA, FACEP Why does everything take so long in the ER?
Bless You!
Faigy Peritzman Blessings don't create anything new in the natural world
Ready, Set, Succeed!
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Ensure success with explicit, doable instructions
The Radiance of Surrender
Mrs Shani Mendlowitz Honest admission reveals your inner radiance