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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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Toronto Kosher Restaurant Outtakes

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I’m sure we can find flaws (both serious and humorous) in any restaurant, but there just seems to be an over-abundance of them in the Toronto-based Kosher restaurants. I will aim to point out some of these flaws, while still giving praise where due.

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Finding Your Ideal High Holiday Shul Seat Mate

Now that the High Holidays are coming and the lineups for shul tickets are abound, maybe this little form could help you decide where you’d like to sit. I mean listen, we all know how much time you will be spending with your shul-seat-mate, so you might as well utilize this form to find your ideal seat mate! Consider it the match.com of high holiday shul going. It works whether you’re a once a year Jew, damnit shabbos is here every week Jew, or an I’m better than you because I go every day Jew, this list is for you!!!

Best regards, and Shana Tova from your friendly neighbourhood FFB team!

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Top Ten Ways you know you’re from Jewish Toronto – Bangitout.com

So in case you aren’t sure yet what this site is gonna be all about, I’ve decided to post a link courtesy of Bangitout.com that includes a list of the “Top 10 Ways You Know You Are From Jewish Toronto.”

Now every single thing posted on this list can be broken down & discussed beyond belief (which is what we plan on doing here), and of course lists like these are extremely relative Read the rest of this entry

Tashlich at Centre Street Pond

So rather than go into some overlong description of what the custom of Tashlich is all about (particularly because the author is way too lazy to write something elaborate like that and would rather just get to the point), we’re gonna just give you a straight-up breakdown of the Tashlich experience at the Centre Street Pond in Thornhill (which is technically called the Oakbank Pond, but who’s really keeping count.) Read the rest of this entry