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September 22, 1995 - Image 112

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-09-22

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LEONARD, JANICE, DANIEL AND JACLYN MALACH

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SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH NEWS

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n a December morning, 35
women, mostly young Or-
thodox mothers, crowd into
a small living room in a
Jerusalem apartment to partic-
ipate in a beginner's EMETT
(Emotional Maturity Established
Through Torah) group run by
American-born Miriam Adahan.
The next 1 1/2 hours are spent
working through the highly struc-
tured emotional and spiritual ex-
ercises that are the basis of
EMETT. A unique program corn-
bining Torah principles with
practical psychology and devoid
of traditional advice and thera-
py, EME1Ts aim is to help stu-
dents acquire the self-awareness
and practical tools needed for cop-
ing with the very specific prob-
lems and challenges facing
religious women with large fam-
ilies.
The meeting begins with a
flurry of fact sheets and an-
nouncements but soon settles
down to work. One woman re-
counts a "Cornflakes story," as
one EMETT practitioner calls
them: a trivial but painful inci-
dent.
Using a list of more than 100
ways to delineate emotions, the
woman describes the insecure
thoughts, abusive impulses and
upsetting emotions that she felt.
With the help of the leader, she
then goes on to "choose her re-
sponse" from a list of 26 "secure
thoughts" and "spiritual disci-
plines." From there she moves on
to "positive muscular acts"
(PMAs), which help alter behav-
ior.
For every victory she achieves
during this experience, she is ap-
plauded by the group.
"The sessions help me focus on
my feelings," says one woman.
"They are the basis for my
growth."
Sitting through the session is
an emotional roller-coaster ride
for visitors. Ms. Adahan's use of
a small red rubber devil in a red
plastic garbage bin indicates a
"garbage thought." "Throw it
away," she says decisively of a
certain thought pattern that is
pulling down one of her students.
Funny, surprising, but the mes-
sage gets through — you can con-
trol your thoughts.
In the "Soul Game" there's no
room for humor. In a dialogue be-
tween Ms. Adahan and a student,
the latter attempts to give voice
to her own soul, pouring out any-
thing and everything that might
enable her to reconcile herself
with the struggle going on inside
her.
Such props and gimmicks,

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