The world can seem so hard to deal with sometimes. Marita Anderson, chaplain and writer, shows us how the prophets of our tradition dealt with their own and their people's trauma--and also gave us tools to ... deal with ours.See lessSee more
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It is now seven decades since the liberation of our people from the jaws of the Nazi death machine. Looking back and facing forward, we have cause for both profound humility and proud celebration that our people is alive on earth and flourishing in so many ways.
A photo of a young boy rescued from the rubble of a bombing in Syria made the rounds on social media last week. It's an expression echoed in millions of children in refugee camps outside Syria, where they have escaped the violence at home only to live in fear and uncertainty, and with almost no access to mental health care.
Daniel Smith, in his recent book Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety (2013), has brought the topic of Jews and anxiety to the fore. He argues that Jews are predisposed to anxiety because the experience of anxiety is close to the Jewish tradition of disputation argumentation and of looking at things from every angle.