Simon Yisrael Feuerman

Simon Yisrael Feuerman, a psychotherapist in New Jersey, is director of The New Center for Advanced Psychotherapy Studies.

A Congregation Can Be Like a Family—for Better, and for Worse

I pray with angry, damaged, and difficult men. I stay because they’re like my brothers. And because sometimes they change.

My First Tough Mudder Competition

The grueling physical challenge was everything my DNA says I should avoid

Remember the Often Invisible Non-Jews Who Help the Jewish World Function

We tend to overlook the gentiles who keep synagogues running. As we begin the Torah anew, let’s acknowledge our debt to them.

Facing the Naked Truth About My Father’s Declining Health, and What It Means for Me

When I was young, my father cared for me. Now he’s old and needs my help, but can I really provide it?

Living in a Material World

Rabbis have long tried to persuade us of the benefits of parting with some of our money. Are we listening?

The Last Kaddish

Mourning for my mother saw me through anger, doubt, and numbness—and brought me closer to her

Burying a Man of Mystery

By giving a stranger a proper funeral, my community did a mitzvah. What if he wasn’t actually Jewish?

Softball as Fountain of Youth

Playing the game with men in the afternoon of life, trying to keep it from turning into evening

My Father and the Talmud

I idolized my dad and resented him. As I’ve untangled our relationship, I adopted his passion: Talmud study

A Motley Minyan

They’re frustrating, and sometimes broken, but the men in my shul make services divine

New Republic

I grew up in a world of observance, separate from secular America, but soon realized that the borders are more porous than they seem

Mourning Glory

When a mother succumbs to cancer in old age, and a father faces his own mortality, a son is reminded of the blessings of a good shiva

Beggars on Horseback

The needy come to a New Jersey synagogue to claim their due, and the donations that result seem to flow both ways

A Rabbi’s Christmas

A shopping trip to Borough Park on Dec. 25 reveals a lesson about pious passivity and dignity—and the value of human relations

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