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Lies, Damn Lies, and Psychiatric Medications

I just finished the book: Anatomy of an Epidemic, by Robert Whitaker, and I was shocked at just how many lies are being told by modern psychiatrists to keep the ‘consumers’ coming to their doors for psychiatric medicines, many of which…
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The Man Who Grew Boobs

No, this isn’t another ‘drugs gone mad’ post… Believe it or not, Rav Dessler actually brings this story from the Gemara, where a young father loses his wife, and can’t afford to pay a wet-nurse to feed his child (clearly, this is…
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A Midnight Trip to Kever Yosef

Over the last decade, I’ve been to a ton of kevarim, or graves of holy people, all over the place. I’ve visited the patriarchs and matriarchs in Hevron; the tomb of King David in the Old City, the Rashbi, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, up in…
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Under Pressure

Before I threw all my secular CDs away, Queen was one of my favorite bands by a long chalk. The beats, the melodies, the guitar riffs, the clever lyrics. I loved Queen to bits. One of my all time favourite songs was ‘Under Pressure’. Dum…
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Goodbye, Holy Bagel

Today, half an hour before I meant to go out to do a bit of shopping, there was another flurry of sirens and gunshots nearby. I don’t know if it’s a good sign (because you do actually have to carry on, and try to live while all this madness…
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A lot of judgment in the air

This Shabbat was pretty weird. First, ten minutes before it came in, someone I don’t really know called me up trying to invite themselves over for Shabbat. My first impulse was to try to accommodate them, but then I realized: I already…