Difficult people. Difficult situations. Difficult life circumstances.

Do you ever feel like the difficulties of your life are overwhelming, robbing you of your sense of serenity?

In this week’s Torah’s portion, Lech Lecha, Abraham and Sarah are told to leave the comforts of their homeland and birthplace—and all that they hold dear to them—and travel to a foreign land, where they encounter terrible turmoil.

Using Abraham and Sarah’s example, Finding G‑d During Tough Times provides context on how to get through spiritual and psychological challenges.

In Sensitivity, our popular Infertility Blogger, Zehava Deer, pokes hilarious fun at the ill-mannered people she often meets, and in her characteristic way she finds an illuminating lesson even from those obnoxious encounters.

In Moody, Miserable and Mean, best-selling author Sara Chana Radcliffe helps us deal with someone who is all the above—even if that person happens to be our own child!

But what touched me most this week was being privileged to meet Jackie Silver through her article What Are Your (Dis)Abilities? Jackie is a very courageous young woman who despite her debilitating disability refuses to let her challenges control her, but consistently chooses to focus instead on her many abilities!

And finally, this week we also launch a brand-new column called The Court of Jewish Life, which will present a whole assortment of social, monetary and ethical dilemmas through the perspective of Jewish law. In keeping with this week’s theme of difficult people and situations, one distraught new home owner wants to know, Can My Neighbor Prevent Me from Building My Dream Home? Find out what the Court of Jewish Law decides.

So, as much as we wish it, challenges just don’t usually just disappear.

How do you deal with the challenges of your life? Please share with us in the comment section below.

Wishing you a challenge-free week.

Or, at the very least, a fresh perspective in dealing with yours.

Chana Weisberg,
Editor, TJW