Deep healing: Ritual healing in the teshuvah movement

Asaf Sharabi

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Based on an ethnographic analysis of religious healing rituals in Israel, this paper addresses the question of how healer-client relations are structured on these rituals. An examination of what takes place at the rallies held by Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak indicates that, apart from the regular blessings, which can be referred to as ordinary healing, there are some ritual events that can be referred to as deep healing. The current paper demonstrates how deep healing rituals are generally conducted in severe cases through give-and-take between the rabbi and the person upon whom the blessing is bestowed, and that they are linked to relationships between people and the ethic of mutual support.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-289
Number of pages13
JournalAnthropology and Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes

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