Response to Acute Trauma

The Meron tragedy requires immediate and long-term attention. First, consolations to those who have lost a dear one and tefilos for Refuah Sheleima BiMehera for the injured.Caregivers respond first like anyone else. If we understand our emotional shock we are better prepared to help others. Let me address the responses and needs of children first – […]

Memory: External and Internal

Next Shabbos is another special Shabbos, “ZACHOR” and naturally I turn to the Pesikta deRav Kahana for inspiration. The Midrash turns our attention to the intimate relationship between good and evil, the struggle between the twins Yaakov and Eysav. A king once placed a vicious dog to guard his vineyard. But the king’s son once […]

How to Count

Next Shabbos is Rosh Chodesh Adar and therefore Shabbos Shekolim. As you know, all the special parshios are noted by special collections of midrashim in the Pesikta de Rav Kahana. One section of the midrash recalls the famous story of the wealthy Gentile woman who asked the Tanna Rabbi  Yossi ben Chalafta what God does […]


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Chanukah in Time and Space

I want to share with you my thoughts that were inspired by the Pesikta deRav Kahana, which begins with the Torah parsha for Chanukah. I suggest that the Midrash is relating not only to the Mishkan of Moshe Rabbeinu, but also to the re-dedication of the Beis HaMikdosh at the time of the Chashmonaim, and our […]

Adult Presence and Absence for Adolescents

I had the occasion to lecture recently on adolescents in Corona Times. I thought people at the Institute might find a summary interesting. The common twentieth century fantasy that adolescents need as little contact with adults as possible is undermined by late twentieth century understandings in five areas. In sum, the adult world should best […]

Getting Through the Doldrums

I hope that the people who need face to face treatment have returned to treatment. Let me again emphasize that if you cannot find some way to create flexibility for remote sessions, the continuity of these treatments remains in doubt. The Neve Campus has requested that all clients coming for treatment simply tell the guard […]