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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Find Your Special Gifts in...


29 Shvat, 5774

Learning Disabilities can be different for each person who has them.

Even snowflakes are never alike. 
And each one has its own beauty.

So does every star.

Each person has their unique strengths and weaknesses, insights and contributions to make in this world.

Even if people call them cruel names and do hurtful things to them.

If you've ever been hurt that way, or know someone who has suffered from being "different," you can share this movie with them. 

Listen to the movie with your eyes, and with an open heart.

Your heart will open wider as the show goes on.

It is long, and heartwarming.

Want background information about the film? Read it here.

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How to Stop a Pedophile


28 Shvat, 5774

Sexual molestation of children is a soul-ripping hell.

The defenseless victims are often too young or too much in shock and horror to find the words that explain what was done to them. 

Caring, compassionate adults are morally obligated to protect children from sex predators and anyone who wants to harm them. The predators can be male or female, relatives, teachers, camp counselors, youth group leaders, neighbors and anybody else. 

Those same compassionate adults are morally obligated to provide the child ith effective therapy for getting past the trauma, perhaps several sexual molestation traumas.

I began to report about innovative programs to help the victims of child molesters and programs to prevent molesters from hurting more people back in 1996, when Nefesh Israel ( launched such activities.

I attended a relevant program last week: 

I'd like to share an E-mail exchange between me and Dr Pelcovitz. It can educate you:

"If I recall correctly Dr Pelcovitz, you explained that interviewed perverts rationalize that their young victims are too young to remember the abuse foisted on them. 

I find that lie easy to expose: Do the perverts recall when they were first, or ever, molested? Yes, they do. Those memories are intact. 

Why not confront them with their lie? If they've been confronted with the inconsistency, do they re-rationalize their behavior? What is the lesson for society, in 50 words or less?

I request that you provide your listeners with

1) Handouts describing the body language and personality characteristics of perverts

2) Please remind me of the researcher who discovered that fMRIs reveal the shutdown of language centers during sexual and other trauma. I suspect that the reality could force a change in halacha regarding victims who do not scream for help.

I'm hoping you recall that I wrote about your groundbreaking work for the Jewish - and wider - communities in The Jewish Press, back in 1996 or so, when Nefesh Israel held its kenes (YG: convention) in Baltimore. I believe the event was labeled 'Shhh... It's Not a Secret Anymore.'" 

Dr Pelcovitz quickly replied , "I couldn't agree more. We do confront them.  That is the essence of their problem and the nature of that component of therapy.- they lie to themselves and it's the job of the therapist to uncover this and challenge them. 

Handouts are a good idea for future programs. The researcher I was referring to is Dr Bessel van der Kolk."

Readers, I recommend that you see a most appropriate definition of sexual abuse by Israel's Takana organization, at

The home page of Takana is

The organization helps people 
of all ages and
educational materials 
for use in schools, camps 
and youth groups. 

Ask for them.

The site is available in Hebrew at

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Friday, January 24, 2014

PTSD - Emotional Support is Essential!


21 Shvat, 5774

I want to alert you about how to help anyone suffering emotional trauma. PTSD is short hand for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:

Depression Symptoms, Emotional Support Impact PTSD Treatment Progress, Study Finds

Researchers found that during PTSD treatments, rapid improvements in depression symptoms are associated with better ...   full story

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

How to Hang on to - and KEEP - Your New Year's Resolutions


4 Shvat, 5774

It's the new Jewish month of Shvat, a time when Jews around the world celebrate plant life.

I tidied up my garden, this past week. It had been damaged by the severe blizzard that hit Israel weeks ago. 

But the uncomfortable cleanup was not a job I looked forward to. So much mess to clean up and sort out.

I did the work anyway, happily anticipating the results months - and even weeks - from now (Israeli roses go into bloom in December, and our winter rains seem to pour fertilizer into the soil for other plants, too!). 

It's a good thing I ran out to the frozen-over garden to save what I could by bringing plants indoors during that storm. My garlic is showing its shoots, tomato plants are thriving and flowering plants have woken up from winter slumber.

Are you wondering what to do when you find it frustrating to keep your New Year resolutions in shape? I suggest reminding yourself that you're normal, then get back on task. Strengthen you sense of commitment when you read

The Science of New Year's Resolutions: What Works, What Doesn't

for good ideas to help you to stay on task.

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Find a way to meet your goals. Enjoy the flowering garden in your soul.