Lessons from physical therapy on how to save face while possibly saving your and your neighbors’ lives.

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

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It’s not up for debate that mask-wearing is the single practice — above even social distancing — required of us whenever we share air with other human beings during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s no surprise that “Wear a mask” is one of the top phrases uttered in 2020.

And.

When many of us do the right thing and mask up, we end up with headaches, earaches, and jaw pain (also known as TMJ). As a chronic TMJ alumna, I…


It’s a good thing, too, because I needed Judaism to be there for me when grief came home.

There’s really only one time in my 46 years of life so far when I’ve seriously considered not identifying as a Jew. That was when my great-grandparents were disinterred from their burial plots in a Jewish cemetery in Cincinnati, and the funeral director offered to ship the urns containing their cremated remains by UPS to my mother’s doorstep in Maryland.

At the time, in 2007, I was a longtime Hebrew School teacher, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, a decade into making…

Holly Lebowitz Rossi

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