Having depression doesn’t mean you lack emunah (belief in G-d)

(Disclaimer: I began writing this in 2012 and left it alone until continuing it today.)

I find this piece to be kind of timely since this past week it was Bell’s Let’s Talk Day, which is a mental health initiative where money is dedicated to mental health awareness for every text and tweet for every time the hashtag #BellLetsTalk is included. It’s a neat initiative I’ve been a fan of and I’d like to share with you some of my thoughts about said topic with a frum perspective.

I’ve often been told by rabbis that sadness and anger are signs that you disagree with the way G-d runs the world. You feel like this because you’ve developed a feeling within that you have to be compelled to have control in certain areas of life. And because you don’t – that is the cause of these emotions.

Some may say that even when dealt with a blow of health – this trigger can cause a roller coaster of emotions that fall under the realms of anger and sadness. With this understanding, it would seem that coming to terms with your illness and accepting that G-d is in charge and that the challenge he’s given you is not something beyond your ability to manage. By this, you can control and limit these emotions.

It takes a while to get healthy – I know this personally. Thank G-d I am proud to say, that I’ve made a strong recovery.

That’s all wonderful.

But my big question – is how does this apply with mental illness – particularly with depression?

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The angriest/funniest comment we’ve ever gotten

Found this one in the archives. It was intended to appear on the Contribute page of the site and was posted in 2013 by someone named Berel Label (fake name). It was never published because of the names mentioned in the comment and the malice (and bizarre affection) intended towards them. The comment really had nothing to about the blog but rather some random rant about a misjustice done to this person in the community. And because the author of this blog finds rants of frustration via comments very hilarious, I just had to share the following madness. Read the rest of this entry

Kosher Hospitals (featuring the Chassidish Chicks)

The following video was sent to us from the fans of the website. They call themselves Chassidish Chicks and say they’re from the holy city of Thornhill. Pretty funny stuff.

Frum Thornhill in a Nutshell (With Visuals)

Hello friends. I found these pictures lying around and thought, let’s post this? Why not, eh?

Yes, the photos are crude and tough to read but if you know the neighbourhood via a map, than you kind of know what’s going on. I’ve tried to make some edits but this is what I have and the best I could do. Click on the photos to enlarge them. Google Map it for yourself if you need a better point of view. Enjoy.

Frum Thornhill in a nutshell 1 Frum Thornhill in a nutshell 2

The CJN newspaper is no more

The Canadian Jeiwsh News

Sad news from the world of Canadian Jewish media today: The Canadian Jewish News is finished. In approximately two months, the newspaper will be cease to exist and will only be available online.

Here is the announcement posted on the website:

The Canadian Jewish News will cease publishing in two months.

The board of directors arrived at the decision on Friday, April 19, having regard to the fact that there were still assets on hand with which to provide meaningful severance to the newspaper’s employees and to wind up operations properly.

Donald Carr, president of The CJN, announced the decision to close the newspaper “with great sadness.”

The current incarnation of The CJN was founded some 42 years ago. It was the initiative of the late Ray Wolfe, businessman and philanthropist. Wolfe brought together a consortium of individuals who bought the newspaper from Meyer Nurenberger and converted it into an award-winning, nationally oriented, weekly newspaper whose mission was “to serve the Jewish People, in Canada, in Israel and in all its habitations.”

With its head office in Toronto, the newspaper published weekly editions in Toronto and Montreal.

The CJN fell victim to the tsunami-like changes that are currently sweeping across the print newspaper industry.

More information will become available to subscribers in the days ahead.

The last edition of The CJN will be June 20, 2013.

The CJN also posted a message from president Donald Carr lamenting the sad reality of print journalism and how it doesn’t make sense anymore to continue publication.

It’s common knowledge of this decline. This former journalism student has been hearing this song and dance ever since first year (2006). It will be a massive adjustment to go exclusively online. Read the rest of this entry

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