Sometimes, the biggest comfort when times are tough, is remembering that Hakadosh Baruch Hu is in charge. Please download the below Tefila card and say a prayer of health for all of Klal Yisrael and the world at large. 

May we only hear simchos and besuros tovos in the coming days.

Government guidelines and regulations related to our health should never be ignored. On that note, social distancing in order to help #FlattentheCurve should not be viewed as optional! If you are feeling sick (C”V) or exhibit any symptoms of the virus, (such as shortness of breath, fever, or body aches,) stay home! Remember, certain groups, such as the elderly or any individual with a compromised immune system, are considered “high risk.” It’s not just about protecting yourself, it’s about preventing the spread of the disease to others. 

While social distancing is a necessary step we all must take, it can have a negative impact on our emotional and physical well being. Here are some tips to remain safe and healthy during social distancing and/or quarantine:

  1. Take a walk: social distancing does not mean staying indoors or isolating yourself. Fresh air is important to our physical, mental and spiritual health! Weather permitting, sit outside and read a book or take a short walk. 
  2. Stay in touch: you may not be able to spend time with friends and family in person, but that doesn’t mean, you should go off the grid. Baruch HaShem, technology, when used correctly, has given us valuable tools to help us through times like these. Take advantage. Call friends, learn with your chavrusa, and schedule “virtual-hangouts” via Zoom, FaceTime or WhatsApp video call. 
  3. Be active – don’t let your time away from the gym, let you forget your health! Try at-home workout guides, run up and down the stairs, do push-ups… anything to get you off the coach!
  4. Start a DIY project: We may all be busy with Pesach cleaning, but don’t forget to schedule in some fun! At-home “Do-it-Yourself” projects come in many forms — from learning how to cook to building your own kitchen table. Get creative! 
  5. Make Pesach cleaning fun: Involve your family members in a contest and turn up the music. Do what you have to do to add extra fun to this mitzvah!

How are you spending your time at home? Share your tips with us!

Dear Members,

As the world deals with the outbreak of the Coronavirus (R”L,) we at United Refuah HealthShare would like to assure you that your health and your family’s wellbeing are our number one priority. Consider us your partners through this rough time.

Our team is constantly monitoring guidelines put out by the CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and WHO (World Health Organization.)  Here are the current recommendations:

Know the symptoms. Symptoms of Coronavirus include but are not limited to:

  • Coughing/respiratory problems
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Body aches
  • Runny nose/congestion
  • Sore throat

People with decreased immunity, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic lung disease, kidney disease, diabetes or women who are pregnant may experience more severe symptoms and are at a higher risk of Coronavirus complications.

TeleRefuah was created for a time like this.  If you feel something, say something.

If you are exhibiting any of the symptoms of the virus (see above), please call the hotline to reach our doctors. As always, you can access TeleRefuah 24 hours a day. Services are fully shareable without any PreShare or CoShare responsibility. We encourage our members to take advantage of this service, as it is the safer option, preferable to visiting a doctor’s office or urgent care facility in person. If instructed to proceed with testing, there are many free testing resources available nationwide for uninsured individuals.

Call (888)-243-4505 or access online at www.telerefuah.org

On the same note: Our Team wants to hear from you! Have any Coronavirus fears, concerns or questions? They are here to listen and help. Send emails to: [email protected]

Prevention: Although there are no current vaccines available, there are steps you can take to keep yourself and your family safe.

  • Handwashing: you do not need antibacterial soap to prevent transmission! Take your time and spend 20 seconds washing your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Although this can be difficult, it has been proven highly effective in reducing the spread of viruses.

Let us take a deep breath and remember that Hakadosh Baruch Hu is constantly supervising us. Let’s use this time to be grateful and thankful to Hashem at every moment.

If you haven’t yet adopted this practice, reciting blessings over food aloud is a sure way to say thanks to Hashem.

Modeh Ani, the first prayer of the day, is a daily reminder that we are in good hands, safe and secure and it’s just 12 words. Concentrate:

Modeh Ani: I, the creation, fully acknowledge
Lefanecha: You the Planner, the Provider, the Perfection
Melech Chai Vekayam: are actively present, leading us in real-time…
…Rabbos Emunasecha: Your faith in me, and my faith in You, will together pull us through!

May we only hear simchos and besuros tovos in the coming days.

Sincerely,

The United Refuah HealthShare Team

Your children might accumulate veritable piles of candies, taffies, and sweet junk from their friends this Purim. Brightly colored. Happily collected. You might have to be the one to rain on their parade.  How to do it?

Here’s how some parents escape Purim with their children’s teeth unscathed: 

  • Here’s my scientific method: I put aside all chips, pretzels, and snack baggies. Of those: I let the kids choose one per day to bring for snack to school. I put away Juice/Sodas/Punch drinks and let them choose one as a treat if they ask at a reasonable time. I allow them to have their chocolate whenever they want. (No more than three). All candies get put away in a bag. We use them for a Shabbos treat from now until eternity. (If there are treats that I really can’t handle, I surreptitiously chuck them when the kids aren’t around.)

“My kids learn all the time that their body is borrowed and not a trash can.”

  • I close my eyes until Shabbos, when candy goes to Shabbos party stash and the other nosh is used for snacks. The end. No drama. No business transactions.
  • We divided everything into categories. Yesterday they ate as much as they wanted. (!!) But today I let them pick three things to keep. The rest we are giving away to the less fortunate. My kids agreed to that and are very excited about the idea. BH.

“Teens are harder than little kids because they feel entitled to their stuff… I collected all the candy-type things, and BH there wasn’t so much. The chocolate is all MINE!!!!”

  • I’ve paid around $5 to each kid for them to throw the pure junk in the garbage: 50 cents for each sugary snack and drink. I explained to kids that that is not bal tashchis (wasteful), because these foods are like poison for our bodies. They aren’t deprived, as they still have lots left.

“I don’t think limiting candy amounts to deprivation. If you don’t have the mindset that fun = candy, you don’t think twice about it. On the other hand, I agree with not completely restricting candy because it backfires.”

  • My rule is that on Purim they can eat as much junk as they want (after a really good breakfast), but then on Shushan Purim we have a detox dayno nosh at all, just tons of fruits and veggies and healthy food. 
  • My kids get to keep most of their stash; I allow them one candy a day and they throw out whatever they don’t like (yes, no regrets).

What is your health-conscious method to the madness?