Just over ten years ago, I experienced an intense mental setback that resulted in me withdrawing from the university I attended in order to care for myself. I remember that September because it struck me that it was the first head of the school year at that point in my life where the future was a completely clean slate for me. There were no classes assigned to me. No new semester. No job prospects or work schedule to follow. It was for both better and worse, the freest time in my life at that point.

And there within me still…

Choosing to come off of antidepressants is a deeply personal choice which unfortunately can often be misunderstood or stigmatized by both health professionals and our everyday social circles.

More than that, the choice to make any alteration to our brain chemistry is a fairly consequential decision in our lives. It may impact our emotional and physical states, relationships, career, and other areas of our life.

While being under the prescribing doctor’s care is almost always a good idea when making changes to prescribed drugs, these five questions may help you to develop a more holistic plan for coming off antidepressants…

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu laasok b’divrei Torah.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who hallows us with mitzvot, commanding us to engage with words of Torah.

In this week’s Torah portion, Moses declares that he is 120 years old and that G-d has told him that he will not pass over the Jordan River to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. …

Summertime is the height of gardening season. It’s when everything we planted in spring comes into fruition, and all that hard work starts to pay off with actual food we can eat.

For some of us, summertime is when an investment in a tomato plant finally gives back. For others, it’s when gardening starts getting overwhelming because… who decided it was going to be fun to sweat out the humidity weeding and harvesting that stubborn raised bed that won’t stop producing?

Summer is also usually the mid-point for our local farmers markets. All the hard work of local farmers and…

Potassium is a vital mineral in the foods we eat. With important jobs like regulating our water balance, blood pressure, and muscle control, its role in maintaining our overall health cannot be understated.

As we age, our bodies need more potassium, but there’s a delicate balance to be maintained. Both too little potassium (hypokalemia) and too much potassium (hyperkalemia) can cause dangerous fatigue and abnormal heart rhythms. Certain medications (including diuretics, albuterol, insulin, and some antipsychotics) can dramatically lower our potassium levels, while improper functioning of our kidneys can result in too high of a potassium level in our bloodstream…

If we had to pick one food most associated with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), it might be the apple. All across the Jewish world, families are dipping apples in honey and praying for G-d to grant a happy and sweet new year. And there’s no shortage of sweetness to be found in Jewish festival fare.

For all the cultural vibrancy to be found in Jewish cuisine, there’s a definite prevalence of desserts and carb-heavy, breaded dishes. …

Something like 0.2% of the world’s population is Jewish, so starting off with a term like shmita is a bit of a risk here. Most people have no idea what shmita means. And truthfully, at the start of this calendar year, I was one of them.

So what is a shmita year?

In the simplest terms, a shmita year is a year-long rest for the land. Shmita literally means “release,” but we could also understand it as a sort of sabbatical for the planet. If you’re familiar with the concept of a weekly sabbath, shmita is very similar. …

Rising up from the untamed meadow is the great house of the property, steepled in its gothic history and flowers fading into the image of an herb whose name I once borrowed.

Photo by Damien TUPINIER on Unsplash

Down past the fork where the highway finally ends, across backroads and flashing lights, a protected forest, an enormous lake, and out by a roaring river, that’s the horizon where my new destination settles.

There’s still so much to do. We made too-expansive plans for a summer garden, then a fall garden, finally no garden. A year of shmita is winning out and just in time. …

“‘[…] all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant — these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.’” (Isaiah 56:6–7).

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The New Moon (Rosh Chodesh Elul) marks a year of the most intense Torah study I’ve undertaken in my life so far, and coincidentally, the most intense year of Torah study anyone in my family has undertaken so far in…

For as much as I talk about being a man, I want to be clear that I haven’t always felt so certain in myself. Gender has actually been quite a struggle for me at times.

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working my way through Abigail Shrier’s work on exposing both the social contagion of transgenderism harming young girls and the layers of gender identity-reinforcement that exist in schools, in the government, and in the medical establishment.

It’s heady, terrifying stuff. And you can watch her interviews with Joe Rogan, Ben Shapiro, Jordan Peterson, and Triggernometry for a taste…

Jozua Mosley

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