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Midrash & Medicine

Healing Body and Soul in the Jewish Interpretive Tradition

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Midrash provides a revolutionary guide through the most difficult passages of our life stories.
“While healing often seems out of reach and achieving wholeness seems impossible, our midrashic texts teach that hope is always there…. Biblical characters, especially as enhanced through midrashic interpretation, are like relatives and old friends…. We cannot escape seeing [them] as human beings standing at the crossroads of their lives in situations that are very much our own.”
—from Chapter 2
This groundbreaking volume examines the spiritual shortfalls of our current healing environment and explores how midrash can help you see beyond the physical aspects of healing to tune in to your spiritual source.
Pushing the boundaries of Jewish knowledge, physicians, rabbis, social workers, psychologists and philosophers investigate the role of midrashic thinking in addressing seemingly intractable social and personal issues. Topics discussed include: How metaphors and parables can aid healing How Jewish tradition can inform and enrich health, hospice and nursing-home care New ways of reading Jewish texts in the discussion of medical ethics The role of community in addressing aging, loss and suffering.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 10, 2011 – The Jewish healing movement is an effort to promote the use of Jewish beliefs and traditions among doctors and health care workers. The rabbis and other community workers who founded this movement believed that patients and people facing life crises are better served by practitioners knowledgeable about Jewish literature, liturgy, and midrash—commentary, interpretations, and stories about biblical texts. The Kalman Institute on Judaism and Health, founded by editor Cutter, a rabbi and professor emeritus at Hebrew Union College, fosters the movement through conferences and workshops, including the 2009 "Midrash & Medicine" that is the basis for this book. Twenty papers of uneven quality attempt to foster linkages between science and faith. Illustrations of midrash are offered to promote the Jewish healing movement, although, in some instances, the connections are difficult to discern. The most poignant presentation describes how a man with a four-year-old daughter confronts the death of his 32-year-old wife. The heightened current interest in spirituality is furthered by the relationship between tradition and medical care set forth here.
Midrash & Medicine
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  • Category: Judaism
  • Published: Dec 01, 2010
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Seller: LongHill Partners, Inc
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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