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Apr 6, 2020, 6:48 PM
Seders in solitude: Confronting Pesach with hope and spirit
Dovid HaMelech proclaims in Tehillim (42:18) oseh niflaos gedolos livado - HaShem alone makes wonders! There is a Midrash which examines that final word, livado. True, it can mean “alone” as “all by Himself” or “unlike any other being.” Yet, it has an alternative meaning. Levado can also mean “all alone even...
Mar 17, 2020, 7:43 AM
Parenting in a Quarantine: FAQs for Coping
Schools in communities across the world are closing their doors as part of precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19, and many parents find themselves in new and unfamiliar territory. Parents must now face the challenge of keeping their children occupied and educated, all while balancing their professional and financial responsibilities with potential personal and spiritual anxieties. Chai Lifeline has received numerous...
Mar 6, 2020, 12:48 AM
A Conscientious Approach to Coronavirus Concerns
With the outbreak of the coronavirus across the globe and most recently, in the Jewish community, comes the widespread panic and fear of the unknown. From the vantage point of mental health and management of crisis situations, it is...
Dec 13, 2019, 3:08 PM
What do we tell our children after the Jersey City shooting?
Talk with them. Don't assume kids will reach out if they need to, so be proactive, and encourage them to speak with you, at their appropriate age level
Aug 2, 2019, 9:21 PM
The Fast of Impatience: The Grief and Mourning of Tisha B’Av
During my youth, the Three Weeks and particularly the Nine Days were a time of somber tension. I would retreat into the serene walls of whichever yeshiva I was attending, and try to stay safe and focused. Somehow, the...
Apr 12, 2019, 10:01 PM
Pharaoh and pajamas
When we got to the 'we were slaves' part of the seder, Uncle Baruch reached down and held up a pair of faded pajamas
Nov 1, 2018, 1:21 AM
Talking to children in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh attack
The horrific attack on Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Congregation has shaken the nation and the Jewish world to their core. When a person has taken the life of another, and when homicide erupts among our brethren, the effect on...
Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox is the Director of Interventions & Community Education at Project Chai, the crisis intervention, trauma and bereavement department of Chai Lifeline.