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Dealing with Difficulties

Avraham (Allan) Friedman, MSW
November 18th, 2014

In order  to learn how to deal with difficulties in our lives we often turn to our forefathers for guidance.
Rivka at the beginning of Parshat Toldot finds herself suffering through a difficult pregnancy. The suffering is so great that she turns towards God for answers. The answer (see Genesis 25:23) was that there was a cause for the difficulty in her pregnancy. Though  there was no promise that the pregnancy would get any easier …

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Is It Helping or Enabling?

Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, LCSW-R, Chaya Feuerman, LCSW-R
November 16th, 2014

You see a disheveled person asking for tzedakka: Is he an alcoholic or drug addict, or just a person down on his luck and in need of a helping hand? Your friend asks you to help him find a job, but to tell the truth, you don’t think your friend is responsible or reliable. Do you offer assistance blindly or do you candidly tell him why you think he doesn’t have the right attitude for successful employment? A young woman whom you k …

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The Challenge of Doing Kindness

Avraham (Allan) Friedman, MSW
November 12th, 2014

Good-deed-doers often go unnoticed. In the classic movie, Wizard of Oz, the Wizard speaks to the Tin Man of many people who do good deeds. They may not get testimonials but their deeds are no less appreciated by the recipient of their kindness.  Their hearts are no different from ours. The beginning of this week's parsha, Chayei Sara, describes just such a situation. Sara has just passed away and Avraham interrupts his mourning to care for h …

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A Daughter-in-Law Asks: How do I create a relationship if we…

Mindy Blumenfeld, LCSW, Individual and Couple Therapist
November 10th, 2014

Note: This was published in the monthly ask-the-therapist column of Jewish Echo Magazine Dear Mindy Thank you for your wonderful and insightful columns. My question is as follows. I don't get along with my mother in law and would prefer to not speak with her unless I must I.e. at a simcha.(I guess the easiest way to describe it is - I'm from Mars and she is from Venus )  I do also understand that she is the grandmother of my children an …

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