Month: October 2020

I’m a psychology major at Yeshiva College with aspirations of becoming a psychiatrist. I’ve always been an advocate for mental health awareness after facing some mental health challenges myself, granting me the opportunity to help others live with compassion. If you don’t see me studying or working on Active Minds, you’ll likely see me running/training as a member of the YU Cross Country team.
Aaron Purow
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Over the past several months, words and terms which were hardly ever used by the common person have all of a sudden made their way to the tips of our tongues. Quarantine, masks, and social distancing seem to have their place in just about every conversation. One newly popular word which has particularly caught my Read More …

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Loosely definedDeeply disturbingIn my mindPerpetually hurting Furthermore, Psychoanalysis dissectsPicks at the psycheEntitles intellectConforming clinically But I, Vitally dissolveTerminology abusePositively dis-involveDiagnostic cues For the turmoil withinBreaks the brawniest warriorThe nightmares I spinDemeans the most despicable horror My Reality’s removeAttached to anotherThe visions gluedUnabating hover The Countless triggersPull the cordHaunting figuresTerror sword Therefore, Vernacular apathizesAggravates the soreMerely Read More …

Rav Yoni Rosensweig is the Rabbi of the Netzach Menashe community in Beit Shemesh, a Ram in Midreshet Lindenbaum. and author of several books.
Rav Yoni Rosensweig

Editor’s Note: Below is a compelling question and answer as a special preview of Rav Yoni Rosensweig’s upcoming book examining the intersection of mental health and Jewish law. Rav Rosensweig is a popular author, Rabbi of the Netzach Menashe community in Beit Shemesh, and a Ram in Midreshet Lindenbaum. The views expressed in this piece Read More …

Chaya Rochel Zimmerman, born and raised in Staten Island, NY, and a graduate of Bais Rivkah Seminary in Crown Heights, earned degrees from Brooklyn College and the University of Maryland in Education and Math. She is committed to Jewish causes including establishing and supporting Jewish educational institutions, creating women’s programming, and volunteering for the local mikvah. Her passion for writing arose from her love of reading and her desire to help others, through the medium of thought-provoking fiction. She lives in Chicago and is married to Rabbi Yale Zimmerman, a businessman and musician. Together they enjoy visiting their grandchildren in Chicago, New York, Arizona, England and Israel. To learn more about her book, please visit her website at
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I have vivid memories from my childhood of a man in a crumpled suit sitting in the kitchen of my synagogue next to my father, the shamus (Rabbi’s assistant), who handed the man a plate of leftovers from the weekly Kiddush. He looked scary to me and I’d heard other members of the shul gently Read More …