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  • Rabbi’s Focus on Family a Little Fuzzy

    By Irine Schweitzer

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The first episode of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's "Shalom in the House," which aired April 10 on the TLC network, was a fast-paced account of five days the rabbi spent with a family in Philadelphia. Beatrice Romero, a single mother raising three teenage daughters and a 7-year-old son,...

  • Hineni

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I expected to be dealing with an empty nest when my daughter started college. I projected my availability to friends who had yielded my attention during my childrearing years. I dragged writing projects onto my computer's desktop to await the plane ride from NYU to the rest of my...

  • Home Pampering Easy as 1, 2, Ahhhhh

    By Beth Gilbert

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    No one deserves a spa experience more than you do. Just picture it -- warm tubs scented with essential oils, invigorating body scrubs, refreshing botanical blend face masks smoothed on in soothing circular massaging motions and misty showers with luscious gels.

    Sound divine? You...

  • Botox Treatments Aid Stroke Survivors

    By Steve Ditlea

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Until recently, significant recovery from the physical and mental losses inflicted by a stroke was thought to be limited to a matter of months following injury to the brain, using conventional physical and occupational therapy. Now patients supplementing this with novel treatments,...

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  • Elliott Gould Thrives as Work in Progress

    By Tom Tugend

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Elliott Gould appeared for our interview at the Chabad House near UCLA, his venue of choice, wearing a baseball cap over his unruly salt-and-pepper locks, an open-necked shirt and glasses.

    That's quite a change from the three-piece, pin-striped suit and neatly combed hair he sports...

  • The Fastest Therapy in the West

    By Teresa Strasser

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    First there was speed dating. Now, there's speed healing.

    Welcome to The Ten Minute Method, a new form of condensed counseling offered by a Chatsworth therapist that promises to be both fast and affordable at $18 a session.

    You may be thinking: 10 minutes? That's just long enough to...

  • ‘Thin’ Exposes Hefty Secrets and Lies

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Alisa, a 30-year-old Jewish divorcee, consumed 200 calories most days. But every few weeks, she repeatedly binged on gargantuan amounts of junk food, then purged by vomiting, swallowing diuretics and Ipecac. After several days, the mother of two usually landed in the hospital.

    "I...

  • Agencies Join to Aid Special-Needs Kids

    By Marc Ballon

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Sally Weber never felt so alone.

    Nearly three decades ago, she learned her daughter had a severe language disorder that hindered her development. Besides dealing with the shock of having a child with special needs, Weber found little solace in the local Jewish community that had...

  • Unmarried Counseling

    By Teresa Strasser

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    My neurosis is like a Ferrari. I can go from 0 to 60 in under four seconds.

    One second, I'm nervous I may have said the wrong thing in a meeting; the next I'm convinced that the best way to deal with how horribly I've botched the situation is to toss myself off the Staten Island...

  • Kabbalah and the Modern Shrink

    By Gaby Friedman

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Connecting to God, Ancient Kabbalah and Modern Psychology" by Rabbi Abner Weiss (Bell Tower Books, $24).

    It was Rabbi Abner Weiss, in psychologist mode, who "Jerry" went to see after his wife, "Sandy," found him in bed with another woman. Although Jerry and Sandy seemed like the...

  • Holiday Frivolity for Young at Heart

    By Jane Ulman

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Offering the chance to parade in costume as Queen Esther or King Ahasuerus, shake groggers at the mention of Haman's name and feast on hamantaschen, Purim is the perfect holiday -- for our kids' grandparents and great-grandparents.

    At every age, we must be connected to life's fun...

  • Where Have All the ‘Safe’ Drugs Gone?

    By Dr. Marc Siegel

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    In the fall, my Vioxx patients fled to Celebrex. The other day they fled to Aleve. Now they don't know what to do.

    Now that it was discovered that patients taking naproxen (Aleve) for three years had a 50 percent increased risk of heart disease, my patients want to know if any...

  • Justice or Character Assassination?

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Michael Mayersohn feels betrayed by his own professional association that provided "a loaded gun" to an accuser, who wielded it to take aim at his reputation.

    Last month, what Mayersohn described as "a private torment" became a public embarrassment when a charge of sexual...

  • Rabbis’ Tact Puts Sex Victims First

    By Julie G Fax

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    David Schwartz, who pleaded no contest last year to charges associated with child molestation at an Orthodox summer camp, has been released from a yearlong stay at a residential treatment facility and is now living in the Pico-Robertson area. Rabbinic and mental health professionals...

  • Circle of Friends

    By Debbie Sedley

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Every Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m., Alysson Beckman and Julie Pinchak go to Victoria Maddis' house to hang out and play. What makes this situation unique is that Alysson and Julie are both 16-year-old high school students, while Victoria is a 7-year-old girl with a neurological...

  • Painting Through the Pain

    By Leora Alhadeff

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When the Nazis forced artist Friedl Dicker-Brandeis into Terezin, she smuggled in art supplies and taught the concentration camp's children to express themselves through art.

    "Everyone put us in boxes -- the Nazis -- and she took us out of them," her student, Edna Amit, later said...

  • Coming of Age on a Basketball Court

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Eight years ago, public relations guru Dan Klores received a distressing telephone call from Steve Satin, his childhood friend from Brooklyn's 2nd Street Park. In high school, Satin had been popular, co-captain of the basketball team and, presumably, bound for medical school.

    But...

  • Victor Haim Perera

    By Alexandra J. Wall

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Victor Haim Perera was haunted by a curse. His great-grandfather, Rabbi Yitzhak Moshe Perera of Jerusalem, had warned his sons and grandsons never to leave the Holy Land without consent "from now to eternity."

    The author of "The Cross and the Pear Tree: A Sephardic Journey," a...

  • Child Molester Sent to Treatment Center

    By Julie G Fax

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    David Schwartz, a counselor for preschool boys at an Orthodox music and arts camp, was sentenced to one year in residential treatment and five years' probation for molesting a 4-year-old boy in his care at summer camp. A six-year prison sentence was suspended.

    The Jan. 21 sentencing...

  • Between a Couch and a Hard Place

    By Carmela Ciuraru

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    We never feel quite so much ourselves as when we are seduced -- a feeling no less intoxicating or sublime when the seducer happens to be a therapist, even when no sex is involved. In her latest book, "The Thief of Happiness: The Story of an Extraordinary Psychotherapy," Bonnie...

  • Job of Infinite Horror

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Because words are inadequate todescribe the horror, Dario Gabbai leafs through a book of drawings to illustrate how he and other sonderkommandos fed the crematoria at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

    He points a gnarled finger at one image of the repugnant job the Nazis forced him to do: in a...

  • Bum Knees

    By J. D. Smith

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The reason I am limping is because of a small man named Shen Hsu. That's not entirely accurate. I went to see Hsu because I was limping. He performed a variety of ancient Chinese medical practices on me, including acupuncture and a form of massage that could easily be mistaken for...

  • Easing the Pain

    By Beverly Gray

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Ethan Gura doesn't remember his sister. Still, he cannot forgether. He can't forget that Rebecca Alexandra Gura died in 1991 after afour and a half year battle with leukemia. She was then six yearsold. He was three.

    Now, at age 9, Ethan is a veteran of various therapies, alldesigned...

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