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Parshas Pinchas & The Three Weeks: Inherent or Inherited?

In recent years, more attention than ever has been directed toward understanding intergenerational trauma, or the degree to which the stressful, negative, or even harmful experiences of a previous generation impacts the next. Trauma researchers and clinicians specializing in treating trauma and post-traumatic stress have begun to develop a better understanding of this phenomenon over the past few decades. Some of the main ideas borne out by the research are that trauma can change one’s neural pathways, and, moreover, his or her genetic makeup. As such, through a phenomenon known as epigenetics, the impact of trauma on the individual can be passed on to his or her children or even grandchildren, even if they never experience trauma themselves. Furthermore, even the unspoken impact of