Category Archives: Health, Healing, Hope

Rethinking Music Making: A Teshuvah for the Conservative Movement

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June 1, 2011

Elie Kaplan Spitz “Proclaim your love each morning; tell of your faithfulness each night, to the music of the lute and the melody of the harp.” Psalm 92 These words are from the psalm for Shabbat. During Temple times, a pilgrim would hear sounds of the Levite musicians as he came upon the Temple Mount. More »

Musical Midrash

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June 1, 2011

Evan Kent I became acquainted with Debbie Friedman’s music while I was a camper and participant in the National Federation of Temple Youth group during the 1970s. Her music, which touched the soul and heart, provided the soundtrack for much of my adolescence. Only more recently have I begun to understand the technical aspects of More »

In the Face of Illness

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June 1, 2011

Facing Illness Finding God, by Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2010, 171 pp. $16.99) Reviewed by Jason Weiner Facing Illness Finding God by Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler is an enjoyable read and an important contribution to the field of Jewish values in patient care. It is presented as a guide, both for patients More »

Giving up on Peace Is Not an Option

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June 1, 2011

Maayan Ravid and Stav Bar-Shany We are young students in Israel and each year we hear stories passed down from generation to generation with the unrelenting message to “never give up.” For more than 60 years, our families have struggled to live here — freely, safely, and peacefully. We can easily become disheartened, realizing that More »

Chanting: A Mishkan for Healing

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June 1, 2011

Shefa Gold Chanting, the repetition of a sacred phrase, transforms the words of liturgy into a doorway that becomes an entrance into an expanded state of consciousness. From those expanded states, we have access to the fullness of our power to bless and to heal both ourselves and others. The sacred words light up our More »

A Prayer for Healing: The Misheberach

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June 1, 2011

William Cutter Debbie Friedman understood the dual direction of the Misheberach prayer. For some people — usually — and for all people some of the time, it is a prayer for divine intervention: “God, do something!” For others and almost all of the time, it is more of a communal and public affirmation of hope More »

Discussion Guide – Health, Healing, Hope

June 1, 2011

1. Are there connections between belief, spirituality, physical health and mental health, and, if so, what are they?
2. What is your vision for a community-based multifaceted program in healing and health? That is, how might our institutions — both teaching and communal membership organizations — be transformed to offer healthier, more vibrant opportunities to address illness, suffering, health, death, etc.?
3. Are healing circles helpful? How so? What role does the Misheberach prayer serve? Does it add to the healing of the individual? Is it recited for the benefit of the person praying?
4. What are the legitimate expectations of our communal leaders who serve people facing illness and loss?
5. What roles do the cultural and expressive arts — music, painting, dance, etc. — play in the process of health and healing? More »

When Illegal Immigrants Are Jews

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June 1, 2011

Douglas Hauer Over the course of this year’s Sh’ma conversation on the ethics of immigration — and in the larger national discussion — there is a reflexive assumption that the debate is primarily about illegal Mexican and Central American immigrants who entered the United States for economic reasons. Some have defined illegal immigrants as strangers More »