Rachel Werczberger, Shlomo Guzmen-Carmeli

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReligion, Spirituality and Health
Subtitle of host publicationA Social Scientific Approach
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameReligion, Spirituality and Health: A Social Scientific Approach
ISSN (Print)2627-6011
ISSN (Electronic)2627-602X

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