Midrash & Medicine:
Healing Body and Soul in the Jewish Interpretive Tradition

Edited by Dr. William Cutter
Preface by Michele F. Prince, LCSW, MAJCS
Published by Jewish Lights, www.JewishLights.com
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This groundbreaking volume examines the spiritual failures of our current healing environment-issues from too much medical intervention to not enough personal and spiritual care-and explores how Midrash can help you see beyond the physical aspects of healing to tune in to your spiritual source.

Pushing the boundaries of Jewish knowledge, physicians, rabbis, social workers, psychologists and philosophers investigate the role of midrashic thinking in addressing seemingly intractable social and personal issues, and present Jewish responses to burnout within the medical community. Topics discussed include:

  • The role of metaphors and parables in the world of Jewish healing
  • How religious tradition can speak to the modern clinical scientist
  • Seeking out the hidden causes of our behavior
  • The role of reality and our understanding of human experience in addressing such questions as genetics, end of life and medical practice
Drawing from literature, personal experience, and the foundational texts of Judaism, these celebrated thinkers encourage us to listen with a midrashic ear and see with a midrashic eye as we face the challenge of cultivating a spiritual community within the medical arena.

Contributors include:
• Rabbi Richard F. Address, DMin • Ronald Andiman, MD • Rabbi Lewis Barth, PhD
• Aryeh Cohen, PhD • Jonathan Cohen, PhD • Rabbi Norman J. Cohen, PhD
• Thomas R. Cole, PhD • Philip Cushman, PhD • Rabbi William Cutter, PhD
• Eitan Fishbane, PhD • Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, MSW, MAJCS, BCC • Rabbi Sheldon Marder
• Michele F. Prince, MSW, MAJCS • Linda Raphael, PhD • Stuart Schoffman
• Rabbi Leonard Sharzer, MD • Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, CSW • Ruchama Weiss, PhD
• Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler • Rabbi Eric Weiss

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Healing and the Jewish Imagination;
Spiritual and Practical Perspectives on Judaism and Health

Edited by Dr. William Cutter
Published by Jewish Lights, www.JewishLights.com

This anthology, a first in the Jewish world, explores the Jewish tradition for providing comfort in times of illness and spiritual perspectives for the inevitable sufferings with which we live. Scholars, teachers, artists and activists examine the aspects of our mortality and the important distinctions between curing and healing.

With careful consideration, and embedded with passion, these celebrated thinkers push the boundaries of Jewish knowledge, investing the search for healing with new ideas and new ways to look at old texts. Through unique, sometimes controversial, perspectives, they show us that healing is an idea that can both soften us so that we are open to inspiration as well as toughen us–like good scar tissue–in order to live with the consequences of being human. Contributors include:
• Arnold Eisen, PhD • Rabbi Arthur Green, PhD • Tamara Eskenazi, PhD
• Rabbi Elliot Dorff, PhD • Rachel Adler, PhD • Rabbi Peter Knobel, PhD

Purchase at Jewish Lights
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Quality of Life in Jewish Bioethics
Edited by Noam J. Zohar

This anthology of original essays by leading thinkers in the field gathers together in one place voices from diverse theological and practical commitments. Unlike other publications on Jewish bioethics, it adopts an explicitly pluralistic stance. The book addresses tension between the "quality of life" and the "sanctity of life" issues, and will be of interest to lay readers, undergraduate students of bioethics, and rabbis.

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Sh'ma: Journal of Jewish Responsibility

The Kalsman Institute co-sponsored the June Judaism, health, and healing volume of Sh'ma: Journal on Jewish Responsibility. The issue was dedicated to Debbie Friedman, z"l, honoring her passion for inspiring the power of music, prayer, and ritual in the face of hardship. The issue included contributors Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC, Michele Prince, Bill Cutter, Cantor Evan Kent, and several Kalsman partners.



CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly

The Kalsman Institute is proud to share a special symposium issue of the CCAR Journal, devoted to Judaism, health, and healing. Michele co-edited the volume with Rabbi Nancy Wiener, D. Min., who is Clinical Director of the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling, Hebrew Union College, New York. The full content list of the issue is available here. To order individual or multiple copies of the Summer issue, click here.