Healing and the Jewish Imagination: Spiritual and Practical Perspectives on Judaism and Health

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William Cutter
Jewish Lights Pub., 2007 - Medical - 219 pages
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Where Judaism and health intersect, healing may begin.

Essential reading for people interested in the Jewish healing, spirituality and spiritual direction movements, this groundbreaking volume explores the Jewish tradition for comfort in times of illness and Judaism's perspectives on the inevitable suffering with which we live.

Pushing the boundaries of Jewish knowledge, scholars, teachers, artists and activists examine the aspects of our mortality and the important distinctions between curing and healing. Topics discussed include:

  • The Importance of the Individual
  • Health and Healing among the Mystics
  • Hope and the Hebrew Bible
  • From Disability to Enablement
  • Overcoming Stigma
  • Jewish Bioethics

Drawing from literature, personal experience and the foundational texts of Judaism, these celebrated thinkers show us that healing is an idea that can both soften us so that we are open to inspiration as well as toughen us--like good scar tissue--in order to live with the consequences of being human.


Rachel Adler, PhD * Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD * Arnold Eisen, PhD * Tamara Eskenazi, PhD * Eitan P. Fishbane, PhD * Rabbi Arthur Green, PhD * Tamara M. Green, PhD * Rabbi Peter Knobel, PhD * Adriane Leveen, MSW, PhD * Louis E. Newman, PhD * Rabbi David B. Ruderman, PhD * David I. Schulman, JD * Howard Silverman, MD, MS * Albert J. Winn, MA

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Rabbi William Cutter, PhD , is author of Healing and the Jewish Imagination: Spiritual and Practical Perspectives on Judaism and Health; Midrash and Medicine: Healing Body and Soul in the Jewish Interpretive Tradition , and is editor of Healing and the Jewish Imagination: Spiritual Perspectives on Judaism and Health . He has published widely on health and healing. He is former director of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and professor of modern Hebrew literature and the Steinberg Professor of Human Relations at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.Rabbi William Cutter, PhD , is available to speak on the following topics:* What Is a "Reform" Way to Look at Social Issues* What Do We Mean When We Speak about Narratives and Ethics?* Therapoetics: Meanings for Spirituality through Reading Poems* The Creation of Poetry: Is Every Person a Poet Waiting to Emerge?* Biblical Themes in Modern Hebrew Poetry: The Schools of Amichai, Zelda and ZachClick here to contact the author.

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