How Traditional Judaism Helps the Aged Meet Their Pscyhological Needs

By Louis J. Novick

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Spring 1972

Traditional Judaism is uniquely suited to meet some of the important psychological needs of the aged, such as a sense of community, a meaningful way to spend time, and comforting beliefs about death and God. The mitzvot (commandments) provide a framework of Jewish practice that organizes and unites elders to the Jewish community and to one another and a sense of satisfaction and significance in their lives. Through personal examples, the author shows the value of traditional Judaism to elderly hospital residents and affirms the value of traditional practice in the lives of the aged.

Topic: Orthodox Judaism, Mental Health, Health and Healing, Aging, Elderly

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 48/No. 3

Page Number(s): 286-294

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Canada , Montreal, Quebec , United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Novick, Louis J. How Traditional Judaism Helps the Aged Meet Their Pscyhological Needs. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1972: 286-294. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4505


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