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Man standing at the end of a pier during sunset

If you saw me in my nice suit driving my nice car on the way to my nice job, you might think, “That man is blessed.” At one level, you would be correct. At another level, not so much.

Richard Reiss
Woman's head and neck in shadow/profile with bright flash/sun behind eyes and forehead

Mania can be challenging. Normally, it’s fairly easy to act properly and lawfully. But when much of your brain is malfunctioning, it can be difficult, if not impossible.

Juliette Hirt
Hand holding a yellow suicide awareness and prevention ribbon against a wooden table background

In April 2015, when I was 15 years old, I learned that my grandfather had taken his own life after fighting with anxiety and depression for many years.

Leora Greene
Man scribbling the words Americans with Disabilities Act onto glass

I am a lawyer. I graduated Harvard law school and have practiced law for major corporations and large law firms.

Matan Koch
Smokey forest scene after wildfire

When a wildfire leveled my home when I was 20, I fell into a deep depression. Later, when I began to re-engage, I started to associate my emergence with Tu BiShvat.

Juliette Hirt
Hospital visitor clasping the hand of hospital patient in bed

When we visit the sick, it is our job to be present, kind, and ready to listen, all of which can be more challenging if the person we are visiting is part of our family.

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat
Closeup of piano keys

On the night of January 21, 2005, a drunk driver paralyzed me. I was 21 and just starting my music career.

Dave Schlossberg
The author and her husband at a breast cancer event

I believe all people are chosen to make a difference in this world, and in that spirit, I am sharing my story as it relates to breast cancer.

Sheri Denkensohn-Trott
In the foreground, a digitized image of a double helix in various shades of pink and magenta

I speak about my BRCA-related cancer to synagogue groups, Jewish day schools, and women who ask. I will continue to shout about it until everyone knows who is at risk.

Rebecca Meyer Carr
Leathery hands of a man in a shirt and suit jacket clutching the top of a weathered, wooden cane

Created in the Divine image, we are obligated to take care of the sacred gift of our bodies by watching how we treat them, what we do to them, and what we put into them.

Rabbi Richard F. Address. D.Min

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