by Lois Braverman

The Magical Properties of Worrying

American Jewish families have been noticeably cut off from a shtetl philosophy: the healthy appreciation for the magical properties of worrying. “If you worry actively enough, something might come out of it,” explain Zborowski and Herzog in their classic book Life is With People. Worrying not only proves a mother’s love, but it may also have the actual power to “keep the misfortune away.”

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