Jewish Paths toward Healing and Wholeness: A Personal Guide to Dealing with Suffering

Jewish Paths toward Healing and Wholeness: A Personal Guide to Dealing with Suffering


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"Why me?" Why do we suffer? How can we heal?

"Spiritual suffering must be differentiated from physical pain, although the two are intertwined in such a way that it is nearly impossible to distinguish one from the other. We suffer spiritually when we do not grow from our illness, when we do not learn from the experience of physical and emotional pain."
—from the Introduction

Too many of us faced with bodily illness, whether our own or that of a loved one, feel lost as to what to do or how to handle it.

Grounded in the spiritual traditions of Judaism, this book provides healing rituals, psalms and prayers that help us initiate a dialogue with God, to guide us through the complicated path of healing and wholeness. Olitzky explores:

  • What Judaism teaches us about healing
  • Finding the meaning of illness in Jewish tradition
  • How to draw on prayers, services, psalms, and other spiritual resources for healing
  • How to grow by fully embracing the process of recovery

Olitzky brings together his inspiring guidance in using Jewish texts with his own experience dealing with illness in others—including those he loves—to demonstrate how the healing of the soul is an indispensable counterpart to curing the body.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580230681
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/01/2000
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, named one of the fifty leading rabbis in North America by Newsweek , is well known for his inspiring books that bring the Jewish wisdom tradition into everyday life. He is executive director of Big Tent Judaism, formerly Jewish Outreach Institute, and is author of many books on Jewish spirituality, healing and Jewish religious practice, including Making a Successful Jewish Interfaith Marriage: The Big Tent Judaism Guide to Opportunities, Challenges and Resources ; Introducing My Faith and My Community: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide for a Christian in a Jewish Interfaith Relationship ; Jewish Paths toward Healing and Wholeness: A Personal Guide to Dealing with Suffering ; Grief in Our Seasons: A Mourner's Kaddish Companion ; Twelve Jewish Steps to Recovery: A Personal Guide to Turning from Alcoholism & Other Addictions—Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex... ; Facing Cancer as a Family ; Life's Daily Blessings: Inspiring Reflections on Gratitude for Every Day, Based on Jewish Wisdom ; 100 Blessings Every Day: Daily Twelve Step Recovery Affirmations, Exercises for Personal Growth and Renewal Reflecting Seasons of the Jewish Year and Recovery from Codependance: A Jewish Twelve Step Guide to Healing Your Soul. He is also coauthor of Grandparenting Interfaith Grandchildren ; Jewish Holidays: A Brief Introduction for Christians ; Jewish Ritual: A Brief Introduction for Christians ; Renewed Each Day, Vol. One —Genesis and Exodus: Daily Twelve Step Recovery Meditations ; Renewed Each Day, Vol. Two— Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy: Daily Twelve Step Recovery Meditations Based on the Bible and coeditor of The Rituals and Practices of a Jewish Life: A Handbook for Personal Spiritual Renewal (all Jewish Lights).

Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky is available to speak on the following topics:

  • The Jewish Twelve Step Path to Healing and Recovery
  • Sparks Beneath the Surface: A Spiritual Read on the Torah
  • Welcoming the Stranger in Our Midst
  • How to Nurture Jewish Grandchildren Being Raised in an Interfaith Family
  • Optimism for a Jewish Future

Table of Contents


One: A Healing God
Two: The Meaning of Illness and Healing in Jewish Tradition
Three: Healing Services:An Introduction to Prayers for Healing
Four: Psalms of the Heart
Five: The Role of the Individual and the Community
Six: The Process of Recovery
Seven: Waiting Until Messiah Comes or, At Least Until the Next Office Visit

Prayers,Texts, and Resources for Healing
Healing Centers and Organizations
Suggestions for Further Reading

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Guest More than 1 year ago
As my wife and I stared the angel of death in the face, I sought answers and comfort from Judaism and Jewish sources. I knew they were there. I just had to dig deeply for them, as I dug deeply into myself. This book chronicles that journey of faith while providing readers with the sources of inspiriation, healing and insight that I culled from Jewish tradition. I pray that they might bring healing to you as it did to us.