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Feb 29, 2020, 12:57 AM
Lovers Facing Each Other and the Beyond
Working with couples, the most significant shift I get the privilege of witnessing is when husband and wife turn to one another and share intimate emotional space. She may share her loneliness and how her angry attack is really...
Dec 22, 2017, 8:53 AM
The Next Moses?
I recently witnessed a well-meaning rabbi communicate to a room full of elementary school age Torah students: “The next gadol hador (leading Torah scholar of the generation) may be sitting in this room!” I wonder if this message unintentionally does...
Nov 30, 2017, 12:01 AM
Parenting Parsha (Vayishlach): “You’re Good, What You Did Was Not.”
Cursed is their anger...” He rebuked their anger, not them. (Rashi to Genesis 49:6) Teenagers Levi and Shimon, avenging their sister’s disgrace, deceive and destroy an entire city and its inhabitants. Jacob hears and does not approve. Yet, he only reproves...
Nov 17, 2017, 9:14 PM
Were You Destined for Each Other?
Were you and your spouse destined for each other? Does it even matter? Let’s try and answer these questions with another: What makes a marriage work? “Love"? Sorry, incorrect. “Respect”? Closer but still not there. "Good chemistry"? Maybe to get things rolling, but...
Nov 16, 2017, 9:01 PM
Parenting Parsha for Toldot: “To Label or Not to Label?”
“And the youths grew up....Esau was a man who understood hunting, a man of the field, whereas Jacob was an innocent man, dwelling in tents.”(Genesis 25:27) Do you label your child(ren)? Is she the goofy, athletic one and he...
Nov 9, 2017, 12:04 AM
Cover Up and Connect
“And she lifted her eyes and saw Isaac....she descended from the camel….took the scarf and covered herself.” (Genesis 24:64-65) To understand the Torah’s approach to any given topic, the place to start is by analyzing the first instance that...
Nov 6, 2017, 11:40 PM
Avoiding the Pitfall of Privilege
It is nice to be able to discuss the challenges of having it all. For much of our history, the test has not been that of comfort and wealth, but of lack and need. The question I would like...
Rabbi Elazar Bloom is Rav Ruchani at Brauser Maimonides Academy in Fort Lauderdale, FL. and is in private practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.