Healing is Always Possible

By Rachel Brodie, Abby Caplin

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, June 2011

For those confronting serious illness, unless a hospital chaplain appears (and not necessarily a Jewish one), the words and wisdom of Judaism are rarely brought into treatment and waiting rooms. "Healing services" are the most prominent form of Jewish ritual around illness, but there are other forms that address a variety of needs, moods, and comfort zones. Ancient ritual objects used for healing include amulets, stones, and a red string. Each of these items allows for symbolic transference by concretizing an abstract value, such as love, power, or support.

Topic: Health and Healing

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.41/no.681

Page Number(s): 9-10

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Genre: Correspondence

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Brodie, Rachel. Caplin, Abby. Healing is Always Possible. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. June 2011: 9-10. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11715


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