Spiritual Exercises To Beat Back Anxiety

Harvard psychologist mixes ‘evidence-based treatment with Torah’ for OCD sufferers.
Staff Writer
10/24/2011 - 20:00

The caller this summer, a 20ish man from Brooklyn, was anxious. Still single, Modern Orthodox, he got nervous in “social situations,” he told David Rosmarin. The crowds at kiddush in shul on Shabbos unnerved him; he felt uneasy leading congregational prayers from the amud, the podium at the front of the sanctuary. “Public speaking,” the man told him, “forget it.”

‘It’s Surprisingly Liberating Not To Have Hair’

A 17-year-old’s candid leukemia blog is part therapy, part self-expression and part hope-giver.
Special To The Jewish Week
10/24/2011 - 20:00

Ella Landesberg never thought she was the type of person to write a blog, but she changed her mind about that after recently being diagnosed with leukemia.

Support system: Ella Landesberg, left, with her siblings Maia and Noah.

Healthcare October 2011

Healing Power A 17-year-old’s leukemia blog, seniors staying healthy on the Internet, and more.
10/24/2011 - 20:00
Healthcare October 2011

‘An Emissary For My Community’

The first Israeli Arab woman to become a plastic surgeon feels the pressure of her pioneering role.
Israel Correspondent
05/16/2011 - 20:00

Jerusalem — It was early May but Dr. Rabnia El Khatib was so busy studying for an important exam, scheduled for June, that she could not find time for a face-to-face interview. “I’ve taken the week off from work to study,” she explained apologetically.

The first Israeli Arab woman to become a plastic surgeon in Israel, El Khatib feels particularly driven to succeed, not only for herself but for her community.

Beyond nip and tuck: Dr. Rania El Khatib says many people don’t realize that “plastic surgeons deal with wounds, trauma".

Trauma Care Expanding As Need Grows

New round of violence puts focus on ways to cope with terror for children and adults.
Israel Correspondent
05/16/2011 - 20:00

Sderot, Israel — Last autumn, Ronith Gil, a kindergarten teacher in Kibbutz Zakim, near the Gaza border, attended five workshops offered by the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC) on how to help children cope
with fear and trauma. On Dec. 21, soon after the fifth class, Gil was forced to put her new training to use when a Kassam rocket landed just 15 feet from her kindergarten.

“I was on my way to school when it hit,” Gil recalled. “Despite the loud boom, I was in total denial until I saw a rocket sticking out of the ground.”

In Sderot, where roughly 10,000 rockets from Gaza have landed during the past 10 years, bus stop bomb shelters are common .

The Summer The Rabbi Got Thin

A California congregation does some belt-tightening — with mindful eating, surgery and exercise.
Special To The Jewish Week
05/16/2011 - 20:00

Rabbi Nat Ezray is no longer waiting for the other shoe to drop. Neither are his wife and children, his colleagues, nor his congregation, now that he has undergone life-changing bariatric surgery to help him lose weight and restore his health following several cardiac events.

Having learned the hard way the importance of mindful eating and a healthy, balanced lifestyle, he has made these not only a personal priority, but also a top agenda item at his synagogue.

Since his bariatric surgery, Rabbi Nat Ezray spends at least an hour a day exercising.

The ‘Skinny’ On Eating Disorders

Novel weighs in on the connections between hunger, longing and love.
Jewish Week Book Critic
05/16/2011 - 20:00

Gray Lachmann was one of those women who kept a running tab of how many calories she had consumed so far each day. Always dieting, she would cease all eating when she got to 1,600: No more food until the following day. She’d brush her teeth and silently repeat, “You’re done,” even as she kept thinking about food.

“Skinny” is set in a weight-loss camp. The camps are, Spechler says.

Weighty Matters

With eating disorders on the rise, here’s how parents can help.
Special To The Jewish Week
05/16/2011 - 20:00

 Lenny Kramer had never seen his eldest daughter in such a state. Rebecca’s face was pale, her features drawn, her palms discolored in an orangey hue. Rebecca had left her Long Island home three months before for a year of study in Israel, and during the interim she’d shed so many pounds that friends alerted her father: Rebecca may be bulimic.

“Just as genetics loads the gun” about the predisposition to eating disorders, “environment pulls the trigger,”

Health Briefs

05/16/2011 - 20:00

Gene Mutation
Is Marker For Cancer, Parkinson’s

A gene mutation identified as the most frequent cause of Parkinson’s disease and a major cause of the disease among Ashkenazi Jews also carries a risk of cancer in the Ashkenazi population, researchers at Beth Israel Medical Center have found. According to a report in “Movement Disorders,” carriers of the LRRK2 G2019S mutation were almost three times as likely as non-carriers to develop non-skin cancers.

‘It’s Not Just Tay-Sachs’

Three new screening tests for diseases available as Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium trains more rabbis, reaches out to intermarried.
Editorial Assistant
05/16/2011 - 20:00

When Shira Fisher was just 4 months old, her parents already knew that something was wrong. She had frequent problems with choking and serious “physical developmental delays,” said Brad Fisher, Shira’s father and full-time caretaker.

Brad and Maxine Fisher with son Sam, 8 and daughter Shira, 5, who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
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