Articles Tagged with: Rabbi Malamy

When touch itself carries certain risks

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Afternoon Jewish Home Manhattan

Friday May 15.

So listen, what’s going on with you? How’s your day? Do you have what you need? How are your spirits holding up? 

These questions matter. Have enough people been asking you them? Have you been asking other folks?

Over the last several weeks I’ve noticed that it can feel harder to feel connected to people with all our masks and coverings. We are more covered up physically that is. But what about in other ways? Of course, it’s keeping us physically safer. We are blessed to have enough PPE and the wisdom to steward it and use it appropriately. 

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In our waiting, we find hidden gems

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Evening New Jewish Home, Manhattan

Today is Thursday May 14.

When I was in training as a spiritual caregiver, I learned a lot about how to be with people going through hard times.  And, indeed, all of us are people going through hard times right now. Yes, some people are experiencing more loss, more pain, more worry. But suffering is not a competition. We all feel the pain we feel. And no one I know or know of is having an easier time than they were beforehand.

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Log B’omer, a day of rejoicing and celebration

Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Greetings Jewish Home Manhattan

Today is Tuesday, May 12.

Buckle up, because we have a lot to cover today.

If it were only May 12, the culmination of Nurses’ Week, that would be enough. Or as we say in my tradition, dayenu! 

But this May 12 is not just an ordinary end to nurses’ week. Sure it falls, as usual, on the birthday of Florence Nightingale. But today is a significant birthday for Ms. Nightingale. It’s her bicentennial. Two hundred years over which the modern nursing profession has grown to the proud state it is in today. So again, dayenu! Surely that’s enough.

But there’s more. The pride that we take from our working in keeping with her legacy, was so beautifully recognized at noon today as the 24th NYPD Precinct and NYFD Engine 76 and Ladder 22 drove by The New Jewish Home, honking their horns, blooping their sirens and waving in appreciation of the work of all staff here through this crisis. It is moving that those whose courage and efforts we so often celebrate, took a turn to celebrate our team of Health Care Heroes at The New Jewish Home. To be honored by those we honor is a rare and special thing. So, now, surely dayenu! Enough?

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How do we go on, not knowing

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Afternoon Jewish Home Manhattan

Today is Monday May 11, 2020.

One of the questions that rattles around all of our minds these days is: How long will this go on?

And the question gives us a piece of the answer. If we knew, we wouldn’t have to ask. If it were knowable, we would already know it.

So maybe the better question is this: how do we go on like this, not knowing how long this will go?

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Health care workers standing in front of food truck

Thank you, nurses. Thank you to all staff

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Morning Jewish Home Manhattan

It’s Friday, May 8, Part of Nursing Week 2020.

In Rabbinical School I learned about all the Jewish Holidays. Even the obscure ones that I hadn’t known about growing up. I learned about their customs and practices. So if someone asks me, how do you celebrate, for example, Shmini Atzeret, I know the answer (That’s the under-appreciated holiday at the end of the fall festivals). And if someone asks, what’s the story with Pesakh Sheni, I can tell them that in ancient times it was a kind of make-up day for those who missed Passover the first time around.

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At The New Jewish Home We are Managing this Crisis Because of the Bravery Shown by Nurses and All Our Staff

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life.

Greetings to everyone at The New Jewish Home Manhattan.

Today is Thursday May 7 and we’re in the middle of Nurses Week 2020.

First of all, a shout out to our staff member Charles who noticed that I made a typo in yesterday’s message. Florence Nightingale was born not in 1920 but rather one hundred years before in 1820.  Nice catch Charles!

Truth be told, I was a bit embarrassed to learn I’d made a mistake in the message. I feared, “What if people started to think my work was sloppy and that I didn’t pay enough attention to detail?  Maybe Charles was the only one who noticed?” Maybe you think I’m being a bit silly. In any case, Florence Nightingale comes again to my rescue with another of her wise quotes. She said, “How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.”

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Nurses are Simply The Best

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good afternoon Jewish Home Manhattan.  Today is Wednesday, May 6.

If you spend time on social media you are no doubt often presented with other people forwarding inspirational quotes. Most are pithy sayings. Many are wise. Sometimes they’re shocking, sometimes touching. The successful ones articulate a truth in a simple, compelling way. We pass these memes around, and the good ones spread far and wide.

So here’s a social media quote for you to consider.

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May the Fourth be With You!

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Good Morning Jewish Home Manhattan

Today is… well, do you know what day it is today? Playfully, many call this date Star Wars Day, because it is “May the Fourth” and that sounds a bit like a famous line from those movies.

The story of The New Jewish Home begins a long time ago but NOT in a galaxy far far away.  It was one hundred seventy-two years ago in this very city, the organization that is today The New Jewish Home was founded by Mrs. Hannah Leo and her friends from Congregation B’nai Jeshurun. And from our inception, we have provided care for older New Yorkers — first in their homes (like an early version of our HAPI home care program) and then in our own facilities. Then in 1883, The New Jewish Home dedicated our own building right here between 105th and 106th St near what was then called Ninth Ave.

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April distance brings May existence

—Rabbi Jonathan Malamy, Director of Meaningful Life

Guess What Jewish Home Manhattan, it’s the First of May.

You may have heard the phrase, April showers bring May flowers. Well, have you noticed? It’s like the natural world doesn’t know there’s a pandemic going on. And thank goodness for that. The trees and flowers are as beautiful as ever. Your nose and mouth may be covered by a mask, but make sure your eyes are open to the beauty emerging around us.

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