We were honored to be featured in a holiday-themed article from The New Normal about mental health disabilities.
The holiday of Sukkot is a week in duration, and is one of the more natural holidays. It is a mitzvah to spend it outside, and not amongst the pews of our conventional sanctuaries. Touch things, smell things, be with people. Sukkot is a reminder of the value of community, and to welcome strangers into our huts. While it is a common trope to welcome people with mental illness in our lives and smash the stigma around the disease, I argue that people with those diagnoses must also welcome themselves. We can be ushpizin, or strangers, to ourselves. So much of healing comes from loving yourself and gaining the best tools toward treatment, maintaining, and perhaps curing a mental illness.