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YINW Vacczine

03/17/2020 12:00:00 PM

Mar17

ISSUE 11 VOLUME 1

03/29/2020 04:06:30 PM

Mar29

Aviva Geigel

This past Shabbat, my spouse turned to me and said, "It's only been two weeks since the kids have been home."

I don't know why I was surprised by that. Did it feel longer? Shorter? On one hand, it certainly did not feel like two weeks, or that the world could have possibly changed so much in just two short weeks. Or perhaps it was being able to be home with my kids every day...Read more...

ISSUE 10A VOLUME 1

03/27/2020 12:01:13 PM

Mar27

Ayala Ovits Cohen

I don’t usually remember my dreams, but last night I had two that I can actually remember quite vividly.

In the first dream, I was peeking over a wall into somebody’s living space, and was curious to observe how others are handling themselves during this challenging time. I had the feeling of doing something illicit, by spying on someone’s private space without their...Read more...

ISSUE 10 VOLUME 1

03/27/2020 11:55:07 AM

Mar27

Rabbi Yehuda Septimus

A couple of decades back there was a popular song played at many Jewish weddings. The lyrics went: He-avar ayin, ve-he-atid adayin, ve-hahoveh ke-heref ayin, da'agah minayin. 

"The past is gone, the future is yet to come, the present passes like the blink of an eye, so worry why?"

The words of the song were written by a medieval French...Read more...

ISSUE 9 VOLUME 1

03/26/2020 07:02:43 PM

Mar26

Jordan Hiller

Cedarhurst, New York. Day.

A line is formed outside of a supermarket and those on line stare dead ahead, looking impatient. Some cough, sniffle, or sneeze, drawing angry glances from those in the queue. One man is pacing as he waits, seemingly deep in thought, conflicted. He is recognized by a passerby.

MOSHE, a large unbearded man in...Read more...

ISSUE 8A VOLUME 1

03/25/2020 05:59:25 PM

Mar25

Shmuli Fischman

Fiction

"PROTECTION"

He was nervous. Of course he was nervous. The incessant gnawing at his nails might have been a dead giveaway. Or maybe it was his leg, shaking north and south and east and west like a yeshiva guy trying and failing to keep himself awake in the beis medrash. 

He checked the room to...Read more...

ISSUE 8 VOLUME 1

03/25/2020 05:56:26 PM

Mar25

Rabbi Jeffrey Miller

On Being Unessential

I learned this week that Gov. Cuomo and the Chief Judge of New York’s highest court do not consider me essential.  That makes me 0 for 2 in baseball lingo.

My wife, having been declared "very essential" by her agency, has been rather sweet about it.  Perhaps she is concerned that my male-ego is bruised....Read more...

ISSUE 7A VOLUME 1

03/24/2020 02:11:38 PM

Mar24

Miriam Bradman Abrahams

“Love in the Time of Corona”

My daughter Nina was proposed to on bended knee by her beloved Amit in a beautiful field of fall flowers on Long Island on September 13, 2019. They had met in the iconic millennial way on JSwipe exactly a year before. In May 2018, Nina, a lone soldier serving in Israel as a new citizen, was on a short vacation in New York for her brother's...Read more...

ISSUE 7 VOLUME 1

03/24/2020 02:08:37 PM

Mar24

Dr. Ron Kastner

I would like to write why I'm hopeful. More accurately, how I try to be hopeful. I have my share of worries; a daughter 6000 miles away from home, an 84 year old mother I'm not allowed to host, the daily concern that my wife or I may get exposed by one of our patients, and in turn expose others including our own family.

I'm hopeful because of what I've seen happen in the past...Read more...

ISSUE 6A VOLUME 1

03/23/2020 02:15:00 PM

Mar23

Rabbi Barry Dov Schwartz

Five times a year synagogues resound with the words: chazak, chazak, vnitchazek (from the book of Daniel,10:19), admonishing congregants to be strong, stronger than strong and then to strengthen one another.

These words are reserved for the special occasion when we conclude each of the Five Books of Moses as we are about to commence the next sefer. Why is that the blessing we ask from Hashem precisely at...Read more...

ISSUE 6 VOLUME 1

03/23/2020 02:00:00 PM

Mar23

Rabbi Eitan Zerykier, LCSW

I believe most columns start with an idea. In this case, it began with a challenge. The great* Jordan Hiller challenged me to write something for the YINW Vacczine. Not being an expert at anything, and simultaneously having a desire to do something, I offered to answer questions on a topic I know a little bit about: the human mind and mental health.

Rather than me acting like some guru who knows all the...Read more...

ISSUE 5A VOLUME 1

03/22/2020 02:15:00 PM

Mar22

Yoni Kastner and Grandpa Karl

A DIALOGUE

Yoni: Hi Grandpa, I'm back home! (from Israel study program). Being stuck at home may be difficult... but not when I think about how you were stuck in a dark, gross hole with nothing to do for 18 MONTHS in Nazi Ukraine. How are you?

Grandpa Karl: Yoni - it could be a worse experience. When I was 10, I got a slightly different experience, ha ha ha!

I was not stuck in the hole - I lived in a hole adjacent to...Read more...

ISSUE 5 VOLUME 1

03/22/2020 02:00:00 PM

Mar22

Joyce Levine

So what’s the big deal about a two and half hour plane ride when you can move to paradise?

Florida is palm trees swaying in the wind, water glistening under the sun, warm breezes and exotic flowering plants. After moving from North Woodmere, we had planned to spend every Yom Tov with at least some of our children – either having them come visit us in Boynton Beach or flying to New York or Arizona to...Read more...

ISSUE 4A VOLUME 1

03/20/2020 01:30:00 PM

Mar20

Poetry
Stuck at home,
Nowhere to roam.
Want to play,
Mom and Dad say “No way!”
I’m so bored,
I won the Bored Award.
This is day one,
The rest are gonna be “soooooo much fun.”
Our school is on line,
I want to whine.
I’ve been playing solitaire,
There are too many minutes left to bear.
Soon the fun will come back again,
And that fun will never end.

By: Anonymous...Read more...

ISSUE 4 VOLUME 1

03/20/2020 01:25:00 PM

Mar20

Rabbi Yehuda Septimus

My sister sent me a meme that had gone viral in Israel within hours of the Ministry of Education announcing that it was closing the schools. It read: “Wait a second; you’re closing the schools with the children inside, right?”

It’s a sentiment that many parents with young children can relate to, especially now that we’ve just made it (or at least sort of made it) through our first week without...Read more...

ISSUE 3A VOLUME 1

03/19/2020 03:50:00 PM

Mar19

Poetry
First came school, then came shul
Social distance became our rule.
Stocking up and settling in
A brand new age is to begin. Lots of questions without answers
In our house we’re boredom dancers.
Snacking on our Purim treats
Watching shows and then repeats.
Missing hanging with our friends
The day begins and then it ends.
But thankful that we all feel good
And praying for our...Read more...

ISSUE 3 VOLUME 1

03/19/2020 03:45:00 PM

Mar19

Jordan Hiller

Disclaimer: I may be wrong and I don’t know what to believe. Like this toilet paper thing. Why is it the product to stock up on? No one can explain it to me other than that it’s what everyone thinks they need to stock up on. So, I haven’t bought any, but I may be wrong (and might be soon asking if you can spare a square). And the lines for food. Is it because of the rumored military enforced quarantine that...Read more...

ISSUE 2 VOLUME 1

03/18/2020 04:30:00 PM

Mar18

Rabbi Jeff Miller

Yesterday morning my mother was taken by ambulance from a walk-in-clinic to South Nassau Hospital. She had “the symptoms” for a few days already, but she was generally coping well. Until she wasn’t. When she stopped being so adamant in her refusal to get checked out, my sister, with whom she lives, knew it was time for an x-ray.

At the clinic, the staff didn’t like the way my sister looked and...Read more...

ISSUE 1A VOLUME 1

03/17/2020 01:30:00 PM

Mar17

Dr. Elana Kastner

The past two weeks are continuing to be a bit of a wild ride. Thoughts are swirling in my mind about my parents, my three kids, my husband, my patients, my community. There are moments of calm and pride when I feel like we are functioning as a team to beat this pandemic into a small blip on the screen. I marvel that the speed of telecommunicating with our powerful mobile phones can rival the speed of viral...Read more...

ISSUE 1 VOLUME 1

03/17/2020 01:17:00 PM

Mar17

Jack “Prez” Aspir

It was Shushan Purim. We had all just celebrated by hearing the Megillah and were still picking through our Mishloach Manot to find some hidden gems. We were aware of the news out of New Rochelle, but we had no idea in two days we’d make the unprecedented move to close our shul.

I went back and forth with the Rabbi as he was spending countless hours debating the halachic...Read more...

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