Spiritual Therapy: Is Judaism What I’m Looking For?

There are many forms of counseling that a particular individual may find interesting. Regardless of the different kinds of counseling available in the country, there is only one standard goal for all of them. This goal is to have a fuller understanding of things that confuse you or to get answers to the questions you have in mind.

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Jewish Counseling – The Things You Secretly Do Alone When Depressed

Depression is a damaging condition that many people choose to handle on their own. It affects people of all ages, gender, ethnicity, and even religion. Some of the affected individuals bottle up their emotions for years and try to cope with the condition alone because of some reason. These include the fear of judgment, criticism, and neglect. Others also fear being stigmatized and rejected by those people they trust. But it is vital to note that depression feels and looks different for everyone, and each experiences certain behavior patterns. If you feel like you might be dealing with a mental health condition, you might want to check out some of the things you secretly do when depressed.

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Draining All-Energy Trying To Fight Off Depression Symptoms

Depression is much more than an emotional condition. It is not just about feeling or looking sad all the time. It has something to do with the way your mind reacts to things around you. It relates to an exhausting psychological battle that puts you in an unfortunate health situation. In some cases, it makes you feel a little discourages and less motivated to do anything else. You become too engage with negativity that you drain all your energy trying to conceal the mental illness. With that, it makes you neglect some other aspects of your life.

Understandably, no one will know what you are going through. Other people can never understand your thoughts and feelings just by looking at you. So if you notice the changes in yourself, try to have a break and focus on self-care. Take the proper amount of time you need to recharge, maintain balance, and focus on your mental and emotional health.

Spending Too Much Time Distracting Yourself 

When depressed, it becomes easy for you just to let everything go. It is as if you do not mind important things in life anymore because you feel a little too overwhelmed with what’s around you. And when you feel like you are about to lose control, you distract yourself only to get rid of the unwanted feeling temporarily. Unfortunately, ignoring and distracting yourself from the symptoms of mental illness can only make things worse.

It is essential to address the mental and emotional issues you might be having because things related to these mental health conditions escalate quickly. You might find yourself doing things you shouldn’t do, and you might endanger your overall well-being. So instead of distracting yourself, move closer to proper counseling and treatment to get rid of the mental and emotional struggle.

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Trying To Engage In Habitual Remedies

Alleviating the signs and symptoms of depression can be a tough battle at times. That explains why you often resort to trying some coping mechanisms that you thought could work. Of course, self-help remedies like listening to music, drawing, reading books, walking outside, and hanging out with friends were all healthy ones. However, you cannot deny the truth that you rely on bad habits once or twice in your depressive moments. Some of these include drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, playing video games non-stop, and wasting time on social media.

These strategies are unhealthy because it damages your physical health, but it eventually contributes to the growth of your mental and emotional problem. These coping mechanisms can cause behavioral addiction, leading to social withdrawal, neglect of life, and complete overall dysfunction. So before these damages could occur, reach out for professional help.

Signaling A Cry For Help

Depression can be insanely difficult to handle, especially when you do not entirely know anything about your situation. It makes everything even complicated when you also can’t seek immediate help. When you are depressed, you most likely want to keep all your emotional struggles to yourself because you sometimes feel like what you are going through is less complicated than others. There is this feeling that you want to convince yourself that other people are having the worse days of their lives compared to yours.

But regardless of the situation and your mental health condition, you must acknowledge what you are mentally and emotionally dealing with. Not because others may be having worse problems than yours does not mean that yours are not that important. Be mindful not always to compare your struggles to others. Even if you also struggle with depression, it does not mean that all individuals share the same reason for the mental health complications.

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Final Thoughts

As a quick disclaimer, the information in this article does not intend to be a substitute for any professional medical advice. Suppose you might experience or maybe experiencing some of the signs and symptoms discussed in this article. In that case, you might want to verify with a licensed healthcare provider to get a diagnosis or treatment for your condition. Always consult the expert about what you are going through.

 

Depression In Marriage (Jewish Counseling Discussion)

At times, it becomes clear to me that I do not always understand how my marriage works. Recently, I can still feel something wrong with our relationship that we entirely avoid discussing. I know for a fact that it is not about our busy schedules. I’m Jewish, and she’s catholic, and I believe our different religions have nothing to do with that unwanted feelings either. It is more like our struggle with mental health issues that we often ignore because we don’t consider them necessary.

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My Wife Feels So Insecure

For the last years that my wife and I have been together, I have always supported what she wanted to do. Whenever she wants to go out with friends, I often allowed her to spend time with her girls. But a few weeks back then, I was confused as to why she does not want to go out anymore. I kept asking her why she doesn’t feel like leaving the house, nor did she want her friends to visit her. Maybe my wife was trying to give herself some time to focus on doing some other stuff she wanted. But then weeks passed, and she became more isolated.

I instantly thought there was something strange with my wife’s sudden changes, and I was never wrong. After a week of observing her, I noticed that she was not trying to take care of herself. She kept all her beautiful clothes in the attic and only retained those she comfortable wore every day. I asked her why she was so adamant about throwing away some of her beautiful dresses, and she just answered, “I couldn’t use them anymore.”

Hearing my wife’s reason broke my heart, but I continued to comfort my wife and told her she could tell me anything was bothering her. Then she broke down and cry and said that she was feeling so sad and insecure. She felt like her life is miserable and finds it hard to focus on the good things in her life. My wife’s insecurities put her in a state where she thought of everything around her so negatively.

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The Marriage Struggle With The Mental Illness

I thought it was just her moments of tantrums, and I purposely ignored it because I found those sentiments a little too stupid. But then days went by, and her anxiety and depression grew unexpectedly. My wife became more sad and lonely, and it seemed like there’s nothing left to make her happy. She ignored doing the things she once loved, and I knew from there that her mental health condition is not okay anymore.

With all the sudden changes I noticed in her, I suggested that she should seek professional help. But she was hesitant and thought that I was only trying to make her visit a specialist because I thought she was a crazy person. I couldn’t find the exact words to explain how much I wanted her to feel better. Because every time I try to help my wife, she would take my words and actions offensively.

There’s a time that it even came to a point where she blamed me for being Jewish. She was so furious that I couldn’t do anything to help her with all the frustrations, loneliness, and anxiety she has to deal with. And honestly, the more my wife became so unreasonable, the harder it was for me to assist her with her needs. I, myself, was becoming a different person too. I became more agitated, and I worry, which is not the usual thing I do.

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The Meaningful Conversation

It was about time that I told my wife that this chaos has to end. I asked her to sit with me and talk about how we were continually ruining our marriage. In the first few seconds, we were both in search of what right words to say. But then, after a couple of minutes, we finally discussed the damaging effects of the changes that happened to us recently.

With my wife’s insecurities, I ensured her that things would not change. She doesn’t need to change herself to please anybody. She only needs to love herself as much as she can. As for me, I will continue to have patience while my wife is in the process of mentally and emotionally healing herself. I did not make a promise to always be there for her. But I ensured her that her mental state battle is not hers alone. As a husband, I am committed to helping my wife with all the best I can. I may not provide her answers to her questions, but I will never let her destroy herself mentally and emotionally. I will stick with her through her overall full recovery.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Test Anxiety

Being a student means you need to deal with academic stress and pressure that you often do not expect. There is no way you can escape potential failure because when you make an incorrect decision with education, there is only one thing you can do – learn from it. And since there is no control over what will happen, students deal with more stress and anxiety that often go severe. One particular situation is the pressure of an examination.

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With that, one should consider understanding test anxiety. Many students are affected by it, but not everyone knows information about the mental condition. So in line with test anxiety, let us try to unravel some of the important frequently asked questions about it.

What are the signs of test anxiety?

Test anxiety signs include rapid heartbeat, stomach pain, excessive sweating, headaches, shortness of breath, feeling lightheaded, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Usually, during an exam, some students suffer from these symptoms but tend to ignore them. They assume these to be normal and describe them as signs of nervousness. While most students can easily manage their unnoticed test anxiety, some can’t handle it and eventually collapse.

 How do I overcome test anxiety? 

Some strategies that may help ease test anxiety include learning how to study efficiently. Therefore, there must be a consistent pretest routine. It is also important to try some relaxation techniques when stress is getting in the way. You can try some lightweight exercises and getting enough sleep.

Test anxiety does not always happen, and not all individuals experience the mental health condition’s uncomfortable feeling. However, once it gets in the way, there is a huge chance that a student might suffer from cognitive imbalance. There, the individual might lose his focus, self-confidence, attention to details, comprehension, and even memory.

 What causes test anxiety? 

Test anxiety can somehow impact the feeling of a lack of control. That is because students who have high expectations of themselves do not want to experience academic failure. However, the mental condition is not limited to the students’ inability. Sometimes, it can be caused by an embarrassing statement from a teacher or placed into a crowd that mingles with people above their ability. Test anxiety can also come from fear of alienation from family and friends due to low academic grades.

Depending on the factors that affect an individual’s mental and emotional state, test anxiety can occur at any time.

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 Is Test Anxiety a mental illness? 

Occasional anxiety is okay. However, test anxiety should pass two official tests for test anxiety to be covered by ADA or the Americans with Disabilities Act. It should be considered as a mental impairment as a form of Social Phobia.

When it escalates into isolation, lack of energy, unwanted thoughts, and unregulated feelings, that is where test anxiety becomes dangerous.

 How common is test anxiety? 

Test anxiety impacts a person’s school performance. Usually, he gets too attached to emotional responses such as fear, helplessness, anger, and disappointment. According to the year 2010 study, text anxiety affects students anywhere between 10 to 40 percent of the total population.

 Is there medication for test anxiety? 

Test anxiety interferes with performance in a lot of ways, and at this point, scientists are not entirely sure how to cure the said mental health condition. Several strategies can reduce test anxiety, though. It may associate with pills with a promise of relief in symptoms and increase your test-day performance. However, before taking any medication, it is best to consult an expert about it.

 How can I calm my anxiety? 

Anxiety is a future-oriented state of mind that often makes you think unnecessarily. Instead of worrying about what’s going to happen, focus on the things you can do and accomplish in a day. Try exercising, getting enough sleep, eating healthy food, taking a bath, or anything that makes you move a step away from overthinking. If it helps, talk to someone and let them know how you feel. Do not hesitate to seek help.

Note that you should not overdo some of the strategies you thought might help you get out of anxiety. You should at least find the right coping mechanism that works best for you.

 Does test anxiety affect scores? 

Though there are cases that anxiety helps in motivation, there are great chances that it negatively affects students’ test performance. Studies show that students with high test anxiety levels achieve lower scores on MCQ exams than those with low anxiety levels.

 How do I get diagnosed with anxiety? 

Seek advice from a mental health professional if you have severe anxiety. He will diagnose an anxiety disorder, and will perform physical exams, and will even recommend a blood test to determine the cause of your anxiety symptoms. The doctor may also ask about your about any medications you are taking, for it might have something to do with your behavior and performance changes.

 Why do I get texting anxiety? 

According to an expert, the major problem with digital messaging is the waiting time. Texting anxiety represents a distressful experience because there is uneasiness from waiting for a reply from a text. It somehow makes people lose control over their thoughts as they keep on thinking about too many “what ifs.”

 Is test anxiety considered a disability? 

Test anxiety is not a disability under the ADA. That is due to the differences in opinion regarding its classification. ADA emphasizes that unless the test anxiety limits a major life activity, it will not entitle special accommodations that will favor individuals with the condition.

 Can you get extra time for anxiety? 

Yes. Fortunately, requesting extended time for examination is completely acceptable for students with anxiety disorders. The administrator gives it to allow the students to have additional time to ease the stress and panic. However, certain situations vary, and some educators do not excuse it and consider it a privilege.

 Can you get for test anxiety? 

Yes. Students’ anxiety symptoms or OCD may qualify for a 504, considering the condition is severe enough. If it impacts the students’ ability to learn, some general accommodations can be guaranteed. These include extra time, small group engagements, and separate testing environments.

 Can’t work because of anxiety?

If anxiety affects your work negatively, it is best to receive treatment from a mental health professional almost immediately. Consult with a psychologist or psychiatrist that aims to improve your overall well-being.

 What’s a good job for someone with anxiety?

Some of the good jobs for someone with anxiety include librarians, ground maintenance workers, accountants, writers, pet care professionals, graphic designers, computer programmers, and house painters.

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Insight

Anxiety is a normal thing. Just don’t overthink things, and eventually, the student will see that academic failure is not something they should worry about for the rest of their lives.

 

A Jewish Man’s Experience With Mental Health Care

My father had been a rabbi in our synagogue for as long as I could remember. Everyone looked up to him for spiritual or personal guidance. They were always courteous to our family, too, to the extent that people wanted to know how we lived our lives outside of the congregation.

In truth, life at home was pretty mundane. Mom and Dad always taught us how to be kind and respectful to people, regardless of their beliefs, and made sure that we were well-provided. Every morning, my father would cook our breakfast and drive us to school. Then, once he picked us up after work, we would all come home to smell my mother’s delicious dinner wafting in the air.

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Dad’s role as a spiritual leader did not make him different from other fathers, too. He loved to joke around at home and act cute in front of Mom. He was never shy of expressing his undying love for her every day and making sure that she was happy.

Dad became more incessant in showing his love when we found out that my mother had breast cancer – stage three. Since the doctors ordered Mom to be on bed rest while getting chemotherapy treatment, my father took on the role of a personal nurse, caregiver, and even a chauffeur for her. Of course, he did not forget to look after us and ensure that there was almost no change in our daily routine. Not to mention, he still had rabbi duties to fulfill (which he managed to do well despite the odds).

Unfortunately, Mom’s time on earth was limited, and she passed away last year.

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A Change In Dad’s Mental Health

When my mother died, we saw a shift in Dad’s behavior. The man who used to crack jokes or say “I love you” or offer a smile to everyone started to fade away. As the days went on, he got replaced by a man who could not possibly force himself to smile even if it would save his life. It genuinely felt like a part of Dad died with Mom.

Since I was the eldest child in the family, I knew it was my duty to take the initiative of helping my father. So, I often talked to him and asked what we could do for him. However, Dad always insisted that he was perfectly okay and that we should only worry about our studies. My siblings and I would have fallen for it if he didn’t say that so monotonously.

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Well, I could not blame my father for wanting to hide his depression. Because he was – and still is – a rabbi, he probably didn’t want to admit even to himself that he was far from okay. People often came to him for advice – never the other way around. Dad was most likely embarrassed to think that a congregant would learn about his mental health, and then the news would spread throughout the congregation and cause them to lose their faith in him.

Coaxing Dad To Confront His Mental Health Issues

Although I understood where my father was coming from, I could not allow him to go on like that. I had enough reason to worry that it could get worse, considering I heard countless stories of people taking their own lives when their mental illness remains invisible to others.

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Fortunately, not all the members of our Jewish community thought of mental health like Dad. During one of my meetings with the ladies, I found out that one of them had a son who was practicing as a psychologist in New Jersey. When she said that he was coming over for Hanukkah next week, I started hoping that he would be able to help my father. I got the mental health professional’s contact details with the alibi that it was for a friend who lived in the same state.

That night, I gave the psychologist a call and introduced myself as the rabbi’s daughter. I did not hesitate to tell him about my father’s well-being, considering the man had sworn to keep his patients’ cases confidential. He agreed to come over for dinner before Hanukkah to talk to Dad about it and make proper assessments.

When I told my father that a psychologist was coming over, he was almost adamant and said, “Why did you do that? There’s nothing wrong with me.” But his disposition changed when I said, “Let’s stop fooling ourselves, Dad. How do you think Mom would feel if she knew what’s happening to you?” Thus, when the dinner took place, he seemed more open to accepting mental help.

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Final Thoughts

One of the proudest moments in my life was when my father opened up about his mental health journey at the synagogue after months of counseling. He did it for his peace of mind, although he was unsure how the congregants would react. To our surprise, everyone applauded Dad for being brave enough to confront his mental health issues and keep it from taking over his life.

 

The Jewish Family Of Today

 

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The history and principles of the Jewish family can be associated more with the Torah than by the telltales of the 1950s. As Jews, we are deeply connected to our biblical origins in relation to the family organization than we are to ‘The Cosby Show.” To be able to understand the Jewish family and the adjustments to our structural and institutional system, we will need to let go of the idealistic view of the Jewish family that never really existed in the first place.

When most of us pretend to be blindfolded and make up a picture of a Jewish family, we would most probably see a married couple with biological kids that, of course, belong to them. The spouses are apparently both Jewish and moderately to completely active in the customs and practices of the Jews. They have not and will never consider having a divorce, nor do they think of remarrying, and they have never thought about approving of gay or lesbian relationships or living together before getting married.

Well, this is just the beginning. They definitely can’t imagine living a dysfunctional life the way American families do in general, and they cannot accept having a troubled family for the rest of their lives.

Pathology Reflected In Every Jewish Life

Yes, pathology has and will always be a part of every Jewish family life. The bible stories written in the book of Genesis have sufficient proof of this – jealousy, child abuse, incest, and even murder. Indeed, the Jews can offer love, compassion, trust, and stability for the family, but they can also be full of sadness, rage, violence, sorrow, and frustration. Ultimately, the Jewish family is a representation of the general human condition.

When it comes to the future of the Jewish family, there are several truths that need to be confronted and understood by the Jewish structural system. First off, the extended family is basically defective for a lot of Jews. Grandparents are not frequently living with their children and grandchildren, and their siblings are scattered across the country. Relatives who have tried to prepare a Passover for the whole family know how daunting it can be to find their loved ones and bring them together for a special occasion. The geographical gap has become a tremendous barrier.

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The existence of an extended family is almost impossible. Jewish organizations and networks must help in filling this gap, providing a collective substitute for these types of families. This will need financial and obviously human means, and a lot of compassion that is frequently lacking in the communal alternative.

Secondly, Judaism is not the main identity for the majority of American Jews. Yes, Judaism is part and parcel of who they are, and it is essential for them to be Jews. However, it is not the sole purpose of why they live. These American Jews are also physicians, philanthropists, sports enthusiasts, ecologists, and a gamut of other individualities. Many Jewish public leaders are pushing for Judaism to be their primary identity, but it has not been that way for most of these American Jews in the near or far future. This implies that Jewish institutions and establishments are required to meet Jewish families wherever they are instead of complaining about who they’re not.

Jewish Family Reevaluated

Third, the Jewish family is not defined by blood anymore, and neither are the individual Jews per se. An increasing number of Jews officially go to conversion, and a lot of them live as Jews without any official conversion as well. There are also several Jews that are adopted, and still, more non-Jews are merely travelers that are associated with Jewish families by way of mixed marriages. Being Jewish by blood has become less and less meaningful, and holding on to maternal or paternal descent has been less relevant, moving forward. This whole dispute about patrilineal or matrilineal origin will eventually have less weight as the Jewish family is now increasingly defined as those who want to be part of the Jewish population rather than those who are Jewish by blood.

Lastly, families have always been diverse in terms of gender, race, and religion, among other factors – and the Jews are not exempted from that. There are Asian, Latino, Black, and multiracial Jews that were previously Catholic or Protestant. They may have been single, married, or divorced, and a good number of them are lesbian and gay. The image of the Jews as eastern European or predominantly Ashkenazic no longer reflects the intricacy of the American Jew families.

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People who wish for the myths to really do have a choice to be nostalgic at times for how the Jewish life used to be. Further, a minority of the Jewish populace still tries to attach themselves to the idealistic views of the Jewish past, but most of them are aware that these views are perhaps no longer necessary. The best suggestion would be to embrace the increasing diversity instead of resisting or fearing it. For most of the Jews today they believe that people should come to terms with the reality of who they really are now.

 

 

How To Push Back Pandemic Anxiety (From A Rabbi’s Perspective)

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique and challenging situation where it creates a considerable amount of anxiety and stress. For some individuals, the situation allows a gain of control over their emotional and mental strength. But for most, the struggle results in a significant fall back into their overall well-being. So when trying to manage stress and anxiety, there are several strategies we can utilize.

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Focus On What You Can Control

One of the best things to do in this situation is to allow things to happen. It is essential for this moment not to focus on things we can’t control. So instead of adding a lot of fear into our lives, it is better if we take time to list down the things we can control. It can be something that benefits our physical, emotional, and mental health. It can be as simple as deciding what we want to watch or what we want to do together with our family. What we want to eat for dinner, or what exercise we should take in a day. Those may seem small things, but since we are in a pandemic time where there’s so much in life is out of control, those little things can become very comforting.

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Avoid Information Overload

While it is essential to get informed of what is happening to the world right now, it is vital that we keep ourselves away from negativity as much as possible. We don’t want to overload our minds with tons of information that might not be true at all. Thus, we need to take a break from all the stress we get from the outside world so we can manage to stay calm. So instead of spending too much time watching television news and updates about the development of the virus, we need to look for relaxing things to do. These can include listening to music, drawing, and painting, learning new skills, or talking to friends via text or chat.

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Create New Routines

During this challenging time where everything is changing, it is vital to keep our mental and emotional health intact by creating new routines. And to make it more interesting, we must allow family members to contribute and incorporate things that would be fun to do. These can include playing indoor games, watching selected TV shows, and cleaning the house. It is also better if we try to schedule activities that are too stressful to handle, such as work-from-home. That is because there is a tendency that this task might take a toll on our daily lives and soon take over our supposed time at home.

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Embrace Anxiety And Talk About It

Stress and anxiety are normal, especially during this pandemic. Therefore, we must not try to push those emotions away because that’s not going to make it disappear. We need to acknowledge that there is no point in denying what we feel. We must recognize that the more we hold back to that feeling, the more it can make things worse for our overall well-being. So instead of keeping it all inside, it is better if we talk about it. It is okay to acknowledge these unwanted emotions because it will allow us to understand how we can deal with them healthily.

If we want to get through our situations, we need to take things one day at a time. Let us look at each day as a unique day where we can be present emotionally, physically, and mentally. We need to allow creativity to take its time so we can work fresh, stable, and productive. And that is the best way we can fight and manage stress and anxiety caused by this pandemic.

Why Kids Should Attend Motivational Conferences

One habit that my children have adopted through me is listening to motivational speakers. From Tony Robbins to Suze Orman to Nick Vujicic—we have seen and heard them all. This has inspired us to attend a series of motivational conferences 2019, which has given us so much information about succeeding in life.

Some parents at my kids’ school raise their eyebrows whenever I say that we are into that. They think that the children are too young for motivational conferences, but I always agree to disagree. Kids need to get exposed to similar events early so that:

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They Can Hold On To Their Dream

A dream is something that’s missing in the lives of people who do illegal things (e.g., substance abuse, theft, etc.). When you ask them about it, they may say that it is only for children or adults born with a silver spoon in their mouth. However, the real problem is that they have not been motivated enough to hold on to their dreams. 

They Can Back Up The Dream With Action

Motivational speakers are not merely experts at giving encouraging words. Often, they know how to advise their listeners about what they should do to realize their dreams. If kids can listen to them regularly, it won’t be impossible for them to take action and become successful in the future.

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They Look Up To The Right People

Going to motivational conferences can help the children to see what success looks like and how others have achieved it. Such achievers can indirectly turn into their mentors in the sense that the kids may aspire to follow their footsteps. Thus, you can be sure that they are looking up to the right people.

Final Thoughts

I understand that my unique parenting style and bonding with my kids seems bizarre for some people, but there is nothing wrong with them loving motivational conferences. They still play like other children, and their development is not getting stunted because of it. If I am honest, I will say that my little ones may be wiser than their peers because of it.

Allow your kids to attend a motivational conference at least once to see if they will like it. Cheers! 

Ultra-Orthodox Israelis Defying Pandemic Home Quarantine Orders

As the world is curiously taking precautions in keeping the pandemic at hand, some communities are defying orders. These individuals are specifically the ultra-Orthodox community in Israel. The spread of Coronavirus for them seems like a disease they can shrug off anytime they want. So even though there are issued tightened response and movement restrictions in the country, the ultra-orthodox neighborhood pretty much does not care.

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The community is not left out with information about the global crisis as what some people say, though. It seems like they only use that situation as an excuse for ignorance. Contrary to that, a lot of the people in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood have televisions let alone internet access and not to mention community newspapers. Therefore, ignoring such protocols is unacceptable.

The community contradicts government orders. People encourage the neighborhood’s schools and other establishments to continue their functions and carry on as usual. That is regardless of the growing number of COVID-19 cases among ultra-orthodox Israelis. That is the reason why police tightened their response and started making several arrests.

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With the tightened response of the government, people complain. Some of them are accusing the police of abuse of power. The ultra-Orthodox community’s ideology of the whole scenario is that the government is only using this pandemic situation to hold them against their will of doing what they want to do. That is where they are so against the home-quarantine rules and refuse to obey any safety protocols.

Though these people only count as a small percentage of ultra-religious extremists who are not cooperating and listening, it still bothers the Israeli government. It seems like these people in the community are causing a delay in the global address of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their resentment to follow restrictive order is becoming a threat to those individuals who want to stay safe. Unfortunately, the ultra-Orthodox community already created damage to spreading cases of infections among their people. But despite the confirmation and number of cases of confirmed individuals in the ultra-Orthodox community, people there are still refusing to listen.

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The Mandate

Healthcare specialists confirmed that nearly 40% of the people from these ultra-religious extremists are positive with the Coronavirus disease. Aside from that, the Israelis population accounts for the 14% confirmed infections nationwide. That is regardless of the small community they have. That is why, with all the commotion the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood caused the country, the government took the next step in addressing the issue.

The prime minister of the country, Benjamin Netanyahu, issued minimum access from the areas of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood to avoid infection. Expectedly, people in the community complain about the new set of restrictions added to their already restricted lives. There are cases of people rallying and throwing rocks to the officials on sight. There is a spark of anger where some people are attempting to cause mass destruction to the cities nearby. The ultra-Orthodox Israelis are aggressive, and they have been like that ever since the beginning of the outbreak. They are treating the situation as nothing scary or anything like that.

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However, the prime minister is adamant about his order and is not listening to the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood’s complaints anymore. He doesn’t care if people in the community call him names because of this heightened response. That is especially after knowing that the ultra-orthodox health minister tested positive for the Coronavirus disease.

The majority of people of the ultra-Orthodox community, for a lot of reason, is entirely not adhering to the safety protocol the world health organization or the government is issuing. Honestly, this is a struggle for the government and the health care system, which only wants to take things under control.

Why Should Students Get Leadership Training Early?

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Student life needs to be injected with summits like the 2017 Leadership Event. I understood that way back when I was in the academe myself, after watching and listening to Steve Jobs talk animatedly about his work. At the time, I was always the follower—sometimes even the rebel. It never occurred to me to take on the role of a leader because I thought that it called for too much work.

And I was not wrong about that, for sure. However, the more I attended conferences that taught kids how to be an excellent leader, the more I dreamed of being one. The bonus is that such social events do the following:

Get Students Out Of Possible Troubles
Going to leadership training can alter the mindset of students, in the sense that it pushes them to become responsible individuals. They get to see all these CEOs and politicians stand up and talk to them about their life experiences, and it makes them hope of a similar future. Thus, these kids may try to stay out of trouble as much as possible.

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Make Them Aware That Success Comes With Hardwork
Leadership programs teach students of all ages that there is no shortcut to success. Everyone starts from the bottom up, even the wealthiest folks on the planet. That’s why they can appreciate their achievements more and want to share it with others.

Inspire Them To Become Excellent Leaders
It is typical for leaders to want to mentor future leaders, whether directly or not. Sometimes, they select a student based on known achievements. Other times, they value dedication more than anything. This is how their legacy can live on.

Final Thoughts
You cannot be an excellent leader if you have a fickle mind and a troubled heart. However, what’s fantastic about being a human is that you can always change for the better.
Be the kind of leader that everyone wants to follow, not because of fear but because of admiration and belief in your ability to improve the lives of many.