The Chev on Stress Management

BY Darrin Wohlberg Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the ever-increasing demands of life… The brain is hard-wired to release a burst of hormones to fuel your capacity for a response when threatened. Once the threat is gone, your body is meant to return to a relaxed state but unfortunately, the nonstop stress of modern life means that your alarm system rarely shuts off. Without stress management the body is always on high alert and over time, high levels of stress lead to serious health problems! Stress management can be broken up into 3 components: PHYSICALLY • Diet: Our bodies use up vitamins and minerals when we are under stress, therefore a healthy balanced diet

Intimacy: Where Heaven Meets Earth

The Holy of Holies is the place where heaven meets earth. It is where the Divine Presence shines unconcealed. This is the place where we can meet G-d. On Yom Kippur (holiest day of the year), the High Priest (holiest person) would enter the Holy of Holies (the holiest space). In the Holies-of-Holies was the Ark of Hashem, upon which were carved 2 golden kerubim. The Kerubim were not just ornaments, but the very place from where Hashem spoke. And what were the Kerubim? The face of a male and female. When the Jewish people came to the Beit Hamikdash for the festivals, the curtain of the Holies-of-Holies was rolled aside, and the kerubim – whose bodies were embracing– were displayed. The assemb

Giving Birth

“Birth is about radical, creative, life-affirming change. It is about adaptation on a nearly unbelievable scale…We go from dark to light, from warm to cold, from wet to dry, and begin to breathe through our lungs… In a few short minutes, our initial frantic cries are soothed by our [parent]’s touch and familiar voice, our colour shifts, we open our eyes and look at the world.” - Pediatrician Mark Sloan, Birth Day We enter a season that is all about the birth and renewal. New channels are being opened which allow the world to be born anew. Rosh Hashana, in kabbalistic terms, is all about the building of Malchut (“Kingship”/ sovereignty”) - a feminine quality, the source of all life. Sarah and

Rosh Hashana Message from our Chief Rebbetzin Gina Goldstein

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure” -Nelson Mandela This unforgettable quote touches the deepest part of my soul because I am certain that Mandela is referring to the truly awesome human potential to change the world for the good. We live in a world where almost everything is ‘awesome’! The word ‘awesome’ is much overused and has become almost meaningless. We use ‘awesome’ everyday to describe regular mundane things like a sandwich or the weather. Traditionally, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are referred to as the “Yamim Nora’im”; the great days of ‘Awe’. On Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur we read the famous ‘Unetaneh tokef’ pra

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