Month: February 2017

I am about to tell you why you should NOT care at all about mental illness. Yes, you read that right. While that might sound completely contradictory to the essence of this blog, it isn’t. In fact, understanding this reality is the first step in changing the way we approach mental health and as I Read More …

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Dr. Ariel Mintz grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After spending two years learning in Israel, at Derech Eitz Chaim and Shaalivm, he earned his BA in Psychology at Yeshiva Univesity in New York. He went on to obtain his MD at Oakland University William Beaumont School of medicine and trained in adult psychiatry at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and is a practicing psychiatrist in Cleveland, Ohio. He has received awards for his research, academic performance, and service to the Jewish community. He has a supportive and talented wife and three wonderful children. He is very passionate about destigmatizing mental illness and bringing comfort to those who are suffering. Ariel can be reached at arielmintz@refuathanefesh.org.
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In this week’s Torah portion (Mishpatim), Moshe is commanded: “And these are the laws you should place before them”. The Talmud (Eiruvin 54b) derives from the words “place before them” that the commandments and their details should be laid out like a set table with everything ready to be eaten.

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Stepfamilies are not uncommon. They sometimes work out well, but at other times can be disastrous. Whether Stepfamilies are created after a parental death or divorce, the ingredients for a successful experience are basically the same.

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Dr. Ariel Mintz grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After spending two years learning in Israel, at Derech Eitz Chaim and Shaalivm, he earned his BA in Psychology at Yeshiva Univesity in New York. He went on to obtain his MD at Oakland University William Beaumont School of medicine and trained in adult psychiatry at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and is a practicing psychiatrist in Cleveland, Ohio. He has received awards for his research, academic performance, and service to the Jewish community. He has a supportive and talented wife and three wonderful children. He is very passionate about destigmatizing mental illness and bringing comfort to those who are suffering. Ariel can be reached at arielmintz@refuathanefesh.org.
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Why was the Torah given on Mount Sinai? In this week’s Torah portion (Yitro), the Jews receive the 10 commandments on Mount Sinai. This awesome revelation occurred at Mount Sinai even though it was not the tallest or most beautiful of mountains (Sotah 5a).     We all feel little at times Humankind has a Read More …

Intellectual Disabilities Advisor at Refuat Hanefesh
Dr. Stephen Glicksman received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Yeshiva University. He works at Women's League Community Residences in Brooklyn, New York, a life-span social services organization meeting the needs of children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities along with their families. He is also an adjunct associate professor at Yeshiva College and the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. In addition, Dr. Glicksman is the Consultant Psychologist for the School for Children with Hidden Intelligence (SCHI) in Lakewood, New Jersey and has a private practice in Teaneck, New Jersey. Dr. Glicksman has presented on a variety of developmental topics at numerous professional conferences and his research has been published in both national and international scientific journals.
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When I was asked to serve as the Intellectual Disabilities Advisor for Refuat Hanefesh, my initial reaction was, “Why? Why would Refuat Hanefesh, an organization focused on destigmatizing mental illness in the Jewish community, need an Intellectual Disabilities Advisor?” After all, intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) are not mental illnesses. I realized, though, that this role Read More …

Eliana Sidlow is an eighteen-year-old from Valley Stream New York. She has three wonderful siblings and amazing parents.
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How Society Views Women As a four-year-old, I vividly remember myself wishing to look as marvelous as Disney female characters often do. As time passed, I became aware of the societal expectations for women to fit aesthetic standards. I found myself at a loss. Erroneously, I attempted to change, practicing the use of harsh remarks. Read More …

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Dr. Ariel Mintz grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After spending two years learning in Israel, at Derech Eitz Chaim and Shaalivm, he earned his BA in Psychology at Yeshiva Univesity in New York. He went on to obtain his MD at Oakland University William Beaumont School of medicine and trained in adult psychiatry at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and is a practicing psychiatrist in Cleveland, Ohio. He has received awards for his research, academic performance, and service to the Jewish community. He has a supportive and talented wife and three wonderful children. He is very passionate about destigmatizing mental illness and bringing comfort to those who are suffering. Ariel can be reached at arielmintz@refuathanefesh.org.
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Why didn’t the Jews take the straight path from Egypt to Israel? In this week’s Torah portion (Beshalach) God takes the Jews out of Egypt in a roundabout way. This was to avoid an immediate war which may have led the Jews to regret leaving Egypt.

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Happily ever after During their engagement, Malka and Avi felt a bond and ease with one another. Under the chuppah, they radiated with joy and hopes for the future.   Years have passed and now they sadly wonder, “Where did my best friend go? Why do we argue so much? I feel so hurt and Read More …