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You'd be better, if you listened too, Dad!
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
March 21st, 2018
This post is a follow up to my “You better listen to your dad” post, in which I described an evocative parenting video, making the rounds on social media.  The video is shot through the windshield of a moving car. It opens with a father narrating how his bullying son was suspended from using the bus to school.  “Dad” demonstrates, on camera, how he now makes his son run to school.  At various points, Dad sha …
You better listen to your Dad!
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
March 20th, 2018
There is a remarkable video that has, of late, been making the rounds, on social media.  The video is shot through the windshield of a moving automobile.  The wipers are operating; it is raining outside.  A father, whom we can’t see, narrates, as he drives.  He draws our attention to a 10-year-old child, wearing a backpack, who is running a short distance ahead of the car.    "Dad" informs viewers that his son …
Winnicott and the Wailing Wall
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
May 24th, 2017
I am not the kind of person who cries at the drop of a hat.  I have experienced, over the decades, more than one sudden, profound loss and have found myself almost unable to shed tears.  My stoicism has led others and, at times, myself to wonder whether I was capable of caring.    A number of years ago, I came across a history series produced by a prominent American Rabbi.  One of his tapes (yes, it was that long ago) foc …
Tags: Bereavement, Yom Yerushalayim, Object Relations
Whose body?
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
May 5th, 2017
I’m going to ask you an important question.  (It’s kind of personal.) Who owns your body?    Did you answer that you own your body?  Perhaps you answered that Hashem/G-d owns your body.  A good many Orthodox pre-teens would, in fact, answer just that – “Hashem owns my body,” and it seems that they are correct.   After all, Hashem is the Creator of the world and Hashem is present in the c …
Tags: Parenting, child sexual abuse, prevention
The Katrina Effect
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
February 1st, 2016
“Excuse me, is that the Torah that you are studying?”  The woman who posed this question was looking across the way into my Gemara, as our plane prepared for takeoff.  She was modestly dressed and wore a headscarf.   In the dim cabin light, her complexion was mocha.  I tried to answer in as factual a manner as I could, as to the different layers of text that were present on the page.    The woman, wh …
Tags: Jewish education, Insularity, Race, Outreach
Sister Jean
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
March 27th, 2018
So, I am a Chicagoan, and I probably care more than most people about the fate of the Loyola Chicago Ramblers, an NCAA men’s basketball team that has reached The Final Four – that is the semi-finals of the national championship.    There is, though, something (or more accurately someone) remarkable about this team that has much broader appeal.  Any of us who experiences disability and the effects of aging, whether in hi …
Tags: Aging, Disability, Regard
Not even a target
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
July 2nd, 2017
“Gabriel” is one of the higher functioning residential clients I treat. He is tall and has an athletic build.  Gabriel is articulate: He can deliver razor sharp sports analyses.  (Decades ago, Gabriel attended college on a sports scholarship.)  He speaks with sensitivity, intelligence and wit, on a wide range of other topics. Gabriel holds a Community Pass. He takes long walks, shoots baskets at a local park and interac …
Tags: Random violence, Personhood of victims
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
October 9th, 2017
The ancient Jewish custom of Hoshanos focuses our attention on crops, rain and vulnerability.  It includes the act of parading around the Bimah, (synagogue's centrally located table) once a day, for each of the first six days of Sukkos (The Festival of the Booths), and then circling the Bimah seven times on the seventh day.  The seventh day is referred to as Hoshanah Rabbah.  The above parallels the manner that Joshua led the Jewis …
Mothers Day with a twist
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
May 12th, 2017
In honor of those who are mothers and those who were mothers In honor of those who’ve longed to be a mother   In honor of those who, by way of teaching mentoring or counseling, have mothered their young charges   but also For those who have a mother or had a mother (and most of us fit into one category or the other)   For those who celebrate this day religiously For those who are too religious to celebrate it For those w …
Tags: Mothers Day, Children
Mirrors of Desire
Author: Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D.
March 17th, 2017
What does the Torah have to say about sexuality and eroticism?  More specifically, how does the Torah view the passion and desire that occur within a marital relationship?  Is eroticism viewed as dangerous –something to avoid?   Are passion and desire viewed simply as necessary preconditions to bringing children into the world?  Then again, might desire, passion and eroticism hold intrinsic value, in a loving marita …
Tags: desire, passion, holiness