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Faith and Soul
Author: Jay Yitzi Horowitz, Mr.
November 8th, 2019
Ratzon HaTorah, Yitzi Horowitz, LCSW Lech L’Chah 2019 Chazal teach us that when Hashem created the world He looked into the Torah and created the world.  Seemingly to mean that instead us understanding that the Torah exists inside the world, the world really lives inside the context of Torah.  In other words, we tend to think of the Torah as a practical guide or list of do’s and don’ts for how we are to live our lives. …
Yitzchok Avinu and Pittsburgh
Author: Jay Yitzi Horowitz, Mr.
October 28th, 2018
Words are used to convey feelings and thoughts, to convey messages and ideas.  Words create a bond between author and reader when both are open to it.  Today I have no words.  I contemplated not writing anything.  Today we are transported to a dimension beyond words.  I wanted to write about Yitzchok, the world of laughter.  To capture some of the brightness and nuanced complexities of laughter.  Laughter is a d …
Author: Jay Yitzi Horowitz, Mr.
November 1st, 2017
                      I had not seen her in more than a year Lowering her frame into my office chair Gone was the stench of the lonely nomad First time in four decades she was not sad   M'belly's all swollen, she said with a tear God finally up an' did me sumpin' fair No more crack or drink for me, she was glad 'cause m'daddy, bless his soul, 'll be a grandad.   Listen son, she says …
Dialogue Trumps All
Author: Jay Yitzi Horowitz, Mr.
November 29th, 2016
For the first time I played close attention to politics. I related to this election. Really strongly.  It’s as if the country served its constituents one heaping pile of visceral self-check after self-check.  This was not an election of content or policy but rather a reflective check on the social temperature.  A check-in on how people feel about racism, women’s rights, gay marriage and many other issues.  Whether …
Rosh Hashana
Author: Jay Yitzi Horowitz, Mr.
September 28th, 2016
i I want to teach you a holy Torah from the Arizal.  By way of introduction let me say that we all know how the Torah tells the story of each and every one of our lives.  The midrash that I am so fond of quoting says, “Histakel b’Oraisa uborei olmah, Hashem looked into the Torah and created the world.”  In truth it is a commandment, “Look into the Torah and create the world.”  Your world.  On …
To My Fellow Orthodox Jewish Therapists: Homosexuality
Author: Jay Yitzi Horowitz, Mr.
September 7th, 2016
This is something I posted in conversation on the Nefesh ListServe right after the devastating Orlando terrorist act.  I am gratified that many of the points I made here seem to be related to points made in Part One of the Fall 2016 edition of The New Atlantis.  After reading that publication, I decided to post this publicly. I work with gay clients.  Gay men who are orthodox.  Some of them struggle with wa …
Author: Jay Yitzi Horowitz, Mr.
December 15th, 2014
If I were to identify one fundamental issue of psychological health that we, as a society, don’t do a great job addressing it would be self-awareness.   Generally speaking, we are not honest enough with ourselves. Think about how often we confuse thoughts and emotions.  What’s the difference between a thought and an emotion? It even pervades our vernacular. Does this sentence make any sense- “I feel like drinking …
Author: Jay Yitzi Horowitz, Mr.
December 11th, 2014
In response to Shimmy Feintuch’s existential question here(http://nefeshinternational.org/ShimmyFeintuch/should_a_therapist_have_a_blog.html) about therapist’s blogging, I would like to begin this blog with my response.  The very nature of a psychotherapist’s job is to confront and engage all areas of the human condition. Combined, the world of psychotherapy has a lot to say about humanity. Not that we have it all righ …