Vice Advice – Part Eight: Melancholy and Depression

We all have our vices, as we do our virtues. Though it is certainly healthier and more productive to focus on broadening our positivity rather than slaying the demons of negativity, there are times when we do need to focus on our darker sides in order to gain mastery over them.

Do you struggle with anger, vanity, desire, covetousness, jealousy, frivolity, laziness, melancholy? Tune in to this new Vice Ad-vice series and discover new ways to conquer these, and other vices.

Passover — and the subsequent 49-day Omer period — is a time of freeing ourselves of our vices and constraints. These 49 days are a time when we examine and refine our 49 (7×7) emotions; a journey meant  to help identify and liberate our spirits from the tentacles of our vices.

Please join Rabbi Jacobson for the eighth and final part of this intriguing series — as well as a Post-Passover workshop: Addressing the Vice of Melancholy and Depression, stemming from the archetype of earth. What is the root and anatomy of melancholy and depression? What causes people to be depressed? Is there anything positive and healthy about melancholy? Does it have any benefits? How can we channel its power to positive ends? Is there a difference between sadness and depression; between healthy sadness and unhealthy melancholy?

Discover a refreshing and surprising way to look directly at melancholy and depression. Learn new tools to help you redirect and harness these temperaments for a greater benefit. Find out how this 49-day Omer period can help you achieve this growth.

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Harry Pearle
6 years ago

Thank you, Rabbi. You lifted my spirits…

Let me leave a link to my note on Respect and the Omer, from, again:

I wonder whether we can improve our moods, at times, by counting. Jefferson said, “when you are angry, count to ten, before you speak. If very angry, one hundred.”

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