Published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis

Excerpts from the Summer 2012 ISSUE



Symposium Issue on Judaism, Health, and Healing


At the Gate - בשער


Introduction to this Issue from the Guest Editors
Michele Prince and Nancy H. Wiener

Spirituality and Religion in Health Care: A Rabbi's Personal Journey
Samuel E. Karff

My Daughter or Son the Nurse: Jews in Nursing and the Healing Role of Nurses
Ellen Olshansky

The Kalsman Institute Research Roundtable: Building a Field of Judaism and Health
Michele Prince

Of Teachers and Angels: Jewish Insights on Transforming the Relationship between Patient and Health Professional
Carol Levy and Richard N. Levy

Standing in the Doorway: Pastoral Perspectives on In-Home Chaplaincy
Jo Hirschmann

Beyond Membership to True Belonging: Jewish Responses to an Unchanging Need for Deep Attachment and Meaning in an Ever-Changing World
Edythe Held Mencher

The Torah of Despair
Elliot Kukla

The Stigma of Infertility
Eleanor Steinman

Ruth, Naomi and Levina's Other: Asymmetrical Pastoral Care
Ruth Gais

On Illness
Douglas Kohn

P'tach Libi B'Toratecha (Open My Heart to Your Torah): Jewish Pastoral Theology in Process
Barbara E. Breitman, Mychal B. Springer, and Nancy H. Wiener

Rabbi's Support of Older Couples' Second Marriages
Harriet Rosen and Marlene Levenson

A New Ritual for Healing and Well-Being
Geri Newburge

The Intermediate Blessings of the Amidah as the Model for a Personal Twelve-Step Program
Jeffrey Ableser

A Very Personal Reflection: Debbie Friedman's Setting of Mi Shebeirach as a Sonata
Evan Kent

Standing in Life before God: Report and Reflection on One Congregation's First Steps for Creating a Congregation-Based Program on Health and Wellness
Richard F. Address

Sacred Communities: The Potential for Synagogues to be Communities of Caring and Meaning in the Older Population
Marion Lev-Cohen

Experiencing Judaism through Thematic Temple Programming
Richard Steinberg

The Rabbi Does Handstands: An Exploration of the Emerging Field of Jewish Yoga in North American Synagogues and Beyond
Marcus J. Freed

Verbatim with God
Robert Tabak


The Origins of the Reform Concept of Prayer: An Eighteenth Century Essay by Isaac Euchel
Translation and Introduction
Michael A. Meyer


I Met a Man Today
Daniel S. Alexander

Between Earthquake and Hurricane
Daniel S. Alexander

After Psalm 16
Daniel S. Alexander

A Meditation: Healing the Broken-ness
Paulette Rochelle-Levy

Not Knowing
Abby Caplin

Linda Hepner

Words of Wisdom from Four Poets
Dawn Gross, Paulette Rochelle-Levy, Allen S. Maller, Patti Tana


Midrash and Medicine: Healing Body and Soul in the Jewish Interpretive Tradition
Edited by Rabbi William Cutter, Ph.D., Reviewed by Rabbi Rochelle Robins

No Offense, Self-Defense, and On the Fence: Rabbis in Search of American Jewish Identity-A Review Essay

What the Rabbis Said: The Public Discourse of Nineteenth Century American Rabbis
Naomi W. Cohen

Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity
Lila Corwin Berman

Jewish Preaching in Times of War 1800-2001
Marc Saperstein

Reviewed by Rabbi Richard Hirsh