Iyar and healing refer not just to a named ailment, but overall wellness and health both internally and externally.
It is considered forbidden to fast on fast days if injurious to one’s health, for the sake of performing positive commandments.
We give thanks to God every day for the gift of life, but recognize that we are mortal and that illness and death will come.
Visiting the sick is counted as one of the mitzvot that is rewarded both in this world and also in the World to Come.
Risa Sugarman teaches that comparing Ruth’s strengths to owning our own positive attributes as primary instead of our mental illness.
We have the opportunity to help teens create long-lasting positive connections to the very traditions they are appropriately questioning.