This chapter surveys several Jewish rituals and practices, some of which are personal and some of which are collective, some traditional and some newly invented, which may have a therapeutic effect on their practitioners: Torah study in a chavruta (a fellowship of two), tehillim (psalms) recitation, Amen meal, saint veneration and individual pilgrimage, miqveh (women’s ritual bath) and the shiva (rite of mourning). Our survey points to a dimension of these practices and rituals shared by almost all of them, that may help to explain their therapeutic effects – and that is the salience of community and interconnectedness.
|Title of host publication||Religion, Spirituality and Health|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Social Scientific Approach|
|Number of pages||13|
|State||Published - 2020|
|Name||Religion, Spirituality and Health: A Social Scientific Approach|
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