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The Pain of an Individual
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
July 9th, 2020
Author’s note: The privacy and confidentiality of individuals found in this narrative was safeguarded, by modifying identifying details.     It didn’t dawn on me the first week of the shutdown, or even the second or third week. The pandemic had shuttered our schools and synagogues for more than a month, before I recalled my earlier conversation with Hank.    Hank is a bright, sensitive young man.  He is a …
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When Pandemic Leads to Abandonment
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
June 5th, 2020
COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down.  It’s killed many and sickened many more. The safety measures adopted to limit the spread of the coronavirus have greatly restricted our freedom of movement, shutting down community events, family visits, and play dates.  Government-based restrictions have, until recently, shuttered businesses, schools, and houses of worship. Not surprisingly, the COVID-19 crisis also impacts on our feeli …
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A Wordless Paradox
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
May 3rd, 2020
I can’t be boxed in. I may show attraction or revulsion. I broadcast power, alongside of vulnerability. I contribute, in equal measure, to comfort and tension. I am handmaiden of acceptance, but also weapon of disapproval. I can express submission or defiance, respect or disdain, connection or detachment. I am bright, when golden; dark, when guarding secrets of the grave. I am fence around wisdom, yet marker of incapacity. I accompany heart …
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Hallowed Grounds and Suffering: Part 4
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
March 16th, 2020
A brief note on timing: The foundations to this series, on suffering, were laid months, even years before I started posting. I don’t believe that I or anyone else could have foreseen the uncertainly, the fear, and the disruption that accompany COVID-19, the new coronavirus, as it spreads across the world.   As I review parts of this, the last installment, I read new meaning into such sections as those that describe Hagbalah – the …
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Hallowed Grounds and Suffering: Part 3
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
March 11th, 2020
In the last post, I introduced a Chassidic approach to Hallowed Grounds in which holiness allows for vulnerability. The converse is also true; vulnerability oftentimes precedes and leads to holiness. Let’s start with an illustration:                                      …
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Hallowed Grounds and Suffering: Part 2
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
March 4th, 2020
In my first post, I started a discussion about suffering and holiness. I focused on the narrative of Moshe and the S’neh to identify particular models of transcendence that lead to holiness. I concluded the first post with the question: Can holiness occur, in suffering that was neither preceded by choice, nor followed by a transcendent response? The pathway to answering this question leads through a particular detail – actually a comm …
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Hallowed Grounds and Suffering: Part 1
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
February 26th, 2020
It happened a while ago, but I vividly recall the scene.  It was Yom Tov, and a middle-aged member of the Shul had, months earlier, suffered the loss of an adult child.  Even from a distance, I couldn’t help but notice the sense of pain that seemed to radiate from him.  The congregants sitting nearby tried to make conversation with him.   He answered politely but in a manner that not too subtly conveyed his preferen …
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Valentine's Day: An Orthodox Therapist's perspective
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
February 14th, 2020
A number of years ago, an Orthodox Jewish teenager described for me in session how he and his friends “ditched” their evening Study Hall, in order to participate in a Valentine’s Day tryst with their girlfriends.  Toward the end of his narrative, he grinned and wondered aloud how his religious teachers could not have anticipated that their students would try to “get some action” on this day.  I co …
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The bind of Avraham
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
November 14th, 2019
The Torah reading, around this time of year, includes a unique and remarkable narrative – The binding of Yitzchok. It is a story that illuminates, first and foremost, the values of fidelity and sacrifice.   A careful reading of the text and its commentaries, though, yields a bonus lesson. There is a clear illustration of how an individual can meaningfully address a bind in which he’s been placed.  A bind is a situation that …
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Alternate realities
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
February 10th, 2019
Around this time of year, we read, in Parshas TeTzaveh, G-d's instructions to Moshe, regarding the construction of the Mizbe’ach HaKetores.  In and of itself, the passage of the Mizbeach in unremarkable. What is surprising, though, is the timing and placement of this commandment.    G-d had, in the previous week’s reading, instructed Moshe to build the other Keilim that populated the Mishkan.  G-d also instructed M …
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