Simon Yisrael Feuerman, a psychotherapist in New Jersey, is director of The New Center for Advanced Psychotherapy Studies. He is also author of the Yiddish novelYankel and Leah.
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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?

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The Last Kaddish

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

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Burying a Man of Mystery

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

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Softball as Fountain of Youth

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

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My Father and the Talmud

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

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A Motley Minyan

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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