October 28: Defining depression
I was sorry to see the headline “Dealing with post-natal depression,” while the article proceeded to postpartum psychosis.
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Sir, – Paul Brown’s article on postpartum mental illness was
very informative, however I was sorry to see that it was headlined “Dealing with
post-natal depression,” while the article proceeded to describe the most extreme
cases of postpartum psychosis (Comment and Features, October 25).
believe that the editors who determined the headline did a disservice to your
readers. In the article, the author even stated that “These are not cases of
post-natal depression in the sense in which the term is generally used... The
diagnosis is most likely postpartum psychosis.”
While there is increasing
awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders among a generally healthy
group in the population, and indeed the Health Ministry has mandated screening
for depressive symptoms in well-baby clinics (tipot chalav) as of January 1,
headlines such as this can lead women to identify the term “postpartum
depression” with the most serious and horrifying consequences of the psychosis,
and hesitate to face and deal with the more common (about 10%) phenomenon known
as postpartum depression.
The writer is a research
psychologist at the Women and Children’s Health Research Unit at the Gertner
Sir, – The right time to act on the Levy Report is now,
prior to the elections (“Settlers: Make Levy Report passage part of a coalition
deal,” October 23).
It should be a matter of priority because a legally
appointed committee of the government issued a report which unequivocally
advocated the legalization of settlements. At this particular time, it would
make a mockery of a government-appointed committee to be dealt with as if it
The Levy Committee consisted of eminent jurists. This
committee took all the many legal issues into account and therefore its
recommendations for having the government formally legalize settlements is all
the more valuable.
The time is now because the international situation
regarding many other issues in the Middle East is extremely murky.
status of our own citizens deserves to be clarified. Citizens living in
settlements are very much a part of the IDF, pay taxes and vote. The government
is responsible for their security. We cannot have a nation divided in
We owe the settler movement a vote of thanks for making this nation
realize that we Jews are one people living in the historic borders of Israel.
The parties in their election platforms and the prime minister himself must
agree that the nation of Israel is one and indivisible.
Sir, – With the upcoming elections, Israel’s critical
need for a more representative government is once again under scrutiny. A
significant boost toward this goal may be potentially realized with the joining
of the Yesh Atid’s candidates list by the mayors of Herzliya and Dimona (“Lapid
welcomes Herzliya, Dimona mayors to party,” October 23).
Our mayors are
the only politicians directly elected by a given constituency to whom they are
ultimately accountable. Mayors understand the importance of satisfying the needs
of their community as opposed to catering – as presently – primarily to their
We trust that the new candidates will continue to value
the necessity of a people constituency.
It is hoped that the example of
these mayors will be emulated by more mayors of various parties.
they will ultimately influence the Knesset to adopt electoral regional
representation as the true voice of the people.
The writer is chairwoman of CEPAC, the Citizens Empowerment Public Action
Sir, – It was with great pleasure and satisfaction
that I read the amazing story of the rebirth of the Jewish community in “Dnepo”
as it is often referred to, in brief (“The Menorah Center – the largest Jewish
complex in the world,” Comment and Features, October 23).
started in the early ’90s, when this very unusual rabbi was sent by the “rebbe”
to do what had to be done. It should be noted that Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetzky
arrived to a barren wasteland of Jewish life, with the only remaining synagogue
dimly lit, and leaking during the winter season. With great difficulty, they
were able to form a minyan, the 10 men needed for communal prayer.
my fortune at that time to be a staff member of the Pincus Fund, a fund
dedicated to supporting and expanding Jewish education worldwide.
arrived, after only four years of the rabbi’s efforts there, the synagogue was
refurbished, the lighting and fixtures all replaced, daily prayers well
attended, five kindergartens were bubbling with the voices of “the new
generation,” the day school was thriving and the Teachers Seminary was
established with 120 students in attendance.
During my visit, The Jewish
“community,” four years old, was already invited to participate in the citywide
memorial commemorating VE Day, with thousands in attendance, where the “Kel
Maleh” prayer was recited for those killed in World War II.
Fund had indeed been instrumental in the creation and reestablishment of Jewish
life there, with the excellent leadership and direction of this very special
“shaliach” of the rebbe.
Several years ago, the rabbi was honored by the
Pincus Fund, awarding him the annual Fisher Prize for Excellence in Jewish
Education. This very special rabbi was always dreaming of doing “big things.”
The Menorah Center is another one of the realities of his dreams.
Sir, – In “Is Jordan the Hashemite-occupied
Palestine?” Mudar Zahran examines the Jordanian regime through a
liberaldemocratic lens (Comment and Features, October 23).
observation that Jordan is ruled by a clique that denies majority rights and
whips up support using anti-Israel distractions does not mean that democratic
change will improve anything.
According to a Pew Research poll in
December 2010, about two-thirds of Jordanians want Shari’a law, with 86 percent
supporting the death penalty for apostates. These are roughly the same
percentages that have brought Islamists to power in Egypt.
Ahlan Tamimi, the woman who abetted the Sbarro terrorist bomber and is proud of
it, has her own TV show.
Certainly, every effort should be made to help
the Mudar Zahrans of this world, but until there is a significant change of
popular values, the countries these brave individuals are trying to reform will
not help them.
Sir, – I have been an
avid and loyal reader of The Jerusalem Post throughout my career over the past
35 years. I have come to know the managements, staff reporters and editors over
the years and commend you for those journalists serving with the Post – online
But I am writing to express my sorrow that your staff
reporter, Ruth Eglash, is leaving.
What a loss that is, not just for The
Jerusalem Post and its readers, but for Israel as a whole.
followed her career and worked with her on a number of projects. What I found
was not only an incredibly intelligent and talented woman and great journalist,
but a Jew who cares deeply about her people and who has strengthened the fabric
of Israeli society during her tenure with the Post.
Yasher koach to you,
Thank you for all you have done for Israel and the Jewish people
and may God bless you in whatever you do.
writer is founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians