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Title:
Illness and health in the Jewish tradition : writings from the Bible to today
Author:
Freeman, David L. (Physician)
Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxvii, 291 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780827606739
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Book

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Summary

An anthology of traditional and modern Jewihs writing on illness and healing from the Bible to modern day.


Author Notes

David Freeman, M.D. is a practicing physician specializing in internal medicine and rheumatology and an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School
Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams, Ph.D. is the Director of Maqom, a school for adult Talmud study


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Abrams, director of Maqom, a school for adult Talmud study, and Freeman, a physician and instructor of medicine at Harvard, have compiled a useful and stimulating sourcebook of Jewish writings on physical illness and healing. The editors gathered their selections based on the belief that these readings could provide comfort and hope to patients actually suffering from illnesses. The book is divided into seven sections; the writings in each section are arranged chronologically from ancient to modern, from the Bible and Talmud to Harold Kushner and Mordecai Kaplan. For example, in the section on "Rules and Ethics," the great modern rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, in an essay titled "The Patient as a Person," advises physicians to see the patient not as a machine but as a human being who is the disclosure of the divine. Other sections address such questions as: "How can one cope with illness?"; "What kinds of lessons can be learned from suffering and illness?"; "What Jewish prayers address the situation of physical illness?"; "What are the characteristics of a Jewish physician?"; "Of what help is a rabbi in a situation where someone is suffering?"; "What are the responsibilities and rights of the patient, physician and community according to Jewish custom?"; and "What constitutes good health?" Writings range from poems and prayers to inspirational stories from survivors of illness. Overall, Freeman and Abrams's anthology provides a wonderful collection of Jewish writings on illness that can offer inspiration and comfort for those who are suffering. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Hasidic LoreAdin SteinsaltzHasidic LoreKadya MolodowskySholem AschHirshel JaffeMax LernerWilliam CutterViktor FranklSholom AleichemRachel CowanMordecai M. KaplanHarold S. KushnerEsther Goshen-GattsteinLeslie WhatEric J. CassellDead Sea ScrollsMarcia FalkChava WeisslerChava WeisslerNina Beth CardinSandy Eisenberg SassoFanny NeudaLaura Levitt and Sue Ann WassermanPenina V. AdelmanVicki HollanderEarl A. GrollmanCarol MeyersBen SiraJulius PreussIsaac IsraeliDavid B. RudermanAmato LusitanusMarcus HerzShulhan ArukhHarry FriedenwaldSamuel S. KottekHaRav Y. HalberstamIsrael MilejkowskiShimon M. GlickJoel Ba'al ShemHasidic TaleAaron LevineLevi MeierRoland B. GittlesohnJames RudinJoseph S. OzarowskiSidney GreenbergChaim SternWilliam CutterShulhan ArukhRachel CowanM. RemaL. Sefer HasidimImmanuel JakobovitsLevi MeierFred RosnerAbraham J. HeschelHarold ShulweisBen SiraShulhan ArukhJudah Ibn TibbonFred RosnerTehilla LichtensteinMarcia Glaubman Hain
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
General Introduction: Judaism and Healingp. xxi
Part I. To Cope, to Endure, to Sustain, to Transcendp. 1
Introductionp. 2
1. David's Recovery--Biblep. 3
2. Empathy--Biblep. 3
3. Study Torah--Talmudp. 4
4. Piety and Faith--Gluckel of Hamelnp. 4
5. The Remedy of Trusting Godp. 9
6. Strengths in the Soulp. 10
7. Sustaining Workp. 11
8. And Yetp. 12
9. Praying Togetherp. 13
10. Love, Work, and Compassionp. 23
11. The Will to Livep. 36
12. Learning and Helpingp. 43
13. Choosingp. 48
Part II. Seeking Meaning in Sufferingp. 55
Introductionp. 56
14. Following God's Intentions--Biblep. 57
15. Sarah Is Rewarded--Biblep. 59
16. God Makes Israel Sick and Then Well Again--Biblep. 60
17. Elisha Revives a Child--Biblep. 60
18. We Suffer for Others--Biblep. 62
19. God, This Is More Than I Can Bear--Biblep. 64
20. Is It Fair?--Biblep. 66
21. Suffering and Compassion--Talmudp. 69
22. Was It from Sin?--Talmudp. 70
23. The Reward in the Hereafter--Midrashp. 70
24. Reviewing Life--Zoharp. 71
25. Illness and Guiltp. 73
26. Reaching Out for Healingp. 79
27. The Empowering Forcep. 81
28. God Is in Caringp. 82
29. To Meet the Testp. 84
30. Act of Sacrificep. 87
31. That I May Do Great Thingsp. 90
32. The Meaning of Transcendencep. 91
Part III. From Where Will My Help Come?p. 95
Introductionp. 96
33. O God, Pray Heal Her--Biblep. 97
34. Bless the Lord, O My Soul--Biblep. 98
35. The Lord Is My Shepherd--Biblep. 100
36. O Lord, Do Not Punish Me--Biblep. 101
37. Mi Shebeirakh: May the One Who Blessed--Prayer Bookp. 102
38. You Saved My Life--Biblep. 102
39. Hannah's Prayer--Biblep. 104
40. My Soul Meditatesp. 105
41. To Give Thanks--Talmudp. 107
42. Amulets--Talmudp. 107
43. Prayer for the Sick--Prayer Bookp. 108
44. Thou Givest All, Taking Noughtp. 108
45. King David's Prayer--Zoharp. 109
46. Confession by the Gravely Ill--Viduip. 110
47. Give Countenance to Caregivers--Prayerp. 110
48. Two Blessings for Healingp. 111
49. A Mother's Prayerp. 112
50. The Etrogp. 113
51. Prayer for Those Having Difficulty Conceivingp. 114
52. Prayer after a Miscarriage or Stillbirthp. 115
53. Prayer after Safe Deliveryp. 115
54. Mikvah Ceremony for Laurap. 116
55. A Fertility Ritualp. 118
56. After a Miscarriagep. 122
57. To Relax Spirituallyp. 124
Part IV. The Jewish Healerp. 127
Introductionp. 128
58. Wellness and Holiness in the Biblep. 129
59. The Comfort of Music--Biblep. 133
60. Asa's Transgression--Biblep. 134
61. Honor the Physicianp. 134
62. Herbs, Baths, and Devils--Josephusp. 135
63. Solomon's Wisdom--Josephusp. 137
64. No Healing in Shrines--Talmudp. 138
65. Incantations to Heal the Sickp. 139
66. Permission to Physician to Heal--Talmud and Midrashp. 142
67. Physician's Oath--Asaphp. 143
68. The Good Physicianp. 146
69. Rambam the Physician--Maimonidesp. 147
70. King Francis and the Converso Physician--Storyp. 149
71. The Art of Healingp. 151
72. Physician's Oathp. 158
73. Prayer of Maimonidesp. 159
74. Laws of the Physicianp. 161
75. Satires on Physiciansp. 162
76. The Jewish Hospicep. 162
77. Principles of Administration of the Hospitalp. 165
78. Studies of Jewish Physicians in the Warsaw Ghettop. 166
79. The Sacredness of Human Lifep. 169
Part V. The Caring Sagep. 175
Introductionp. 176
80. Solomon Overcomes the Devils--Testament of Solomonp. 177
81. What's in a Name?--Talmudp. 177
82. Rabbinic Remedies--Talmudp. 178
83. Samuel the Healer-Sage--Talmudp. 179
84. Hasidic Home Treatmentsp. 179
85. Adding a Namep. 180
86. Simhah and Healing--Rebbe Nachman of Breslovp. 180
87. Rabbi Sofer Visits the Sickp. 182
88. An Authentic Encounterp. 183
89. Is the Rabbi a Psychotherapist?p. 187
90. A Memoir of a Hospital Visitp. 191
91. How to Pray in the Hospitalp. 199
92. Acceptancep. 202
93. A Holy Thingp. 202
94. Death at Its Turningp. 203
Part VI. Rules and Ethicsp. 207
Introductionp. 208
95. Illness and Shabbat--Talmudp. 209
96. One Can't Heal Oneself--Talmud and Midrashp. 210
97. Visiting, Healing, and Love--Midrashp. 211
98. Our Obligation to Visit the Sick--Talmudp. 212
99. Without Measure--Talmudp. 214
100. Rules of Visiting the Sick--Maimonidesp. 214
101. Laws of Visiting the Sickp. 215
102. Learning to Cheer the Sickp. 216
103. The Last Momentsp. 218
104. Suicidep. 219
105. Faith Healing in Jewish Lawp. 219
106. Filial Responsibilityp. 223
107. The Healer's Fees--Talmudp. 228
108. The Jewish Patientp. 229
109. The Patient as a Personp. 231
110. The Doctor in the Patientp. 243
Part VII. The Sacredness of Healthp. 247
Introductionp. 248
111. Laws of Purity--Biblep. 249
112. Wise Sayings--Biblep. 253
113. In Its Time--Biblep. 254
114. The Image of God--Talmudp. 255
115. The Merit of Good Healthp. 255
116. Temperance and Health--Philop. 256
117. Warding Off Spirits--Talmudp. 257
118. Morning Bread--Talmudp. 258
119. The Sacredness of Health--Maimonidesp. 259
120. Preserving Health--Maimonidesp. 260
121. The Regimen of Health: Body, Emotions, and Spirit--Maimonidesp. 263
122. The Importance of Medicine to Man--Maimonidesp. 267
123. Rules Concerning Physical Well-Beingp. 267
124. Fatherly Advicep. 268
125. Chicken Soupp. 269
126. Visualizationp. 271
127. Emotional Wellnessp. 272
Part VIII. Addendap. 275
Additional Readingp. 276
Historical Backgroundp. 281
Notes and Creditsp. 285

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