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 Jewish Perspectives on Health and Wellness

Jewish Perspectives on Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness Description

Jewish Tradition commands us to respect our bodies and to strive for health as a means of honoring our relationship to God. Discover Reform Jewish perspectives on important topics related to health and wellness.

Mental Health

Mental Health

The painful truth is that we cannot always help another person - and if we expect to be able to change someone else in order for us to feel better, we may be setting ourselves up for double failure. What we can do is help ourselves by understanding our own feelings of powerlessness and getting the support we need to manage our emotional response.

Body & Soul

Body & Soul

The laws of kashrut offer a Jewish spiritual discipline that is rooted in the concrete choices and details of daily life--to be practiced in an area that seems most "mundane." In fact, part of the beauty of kashrut is that regardless of our age, personal interests, or geographic location, we all eat, and most of us do so several times a day.

A meditative study of our texts can allow us to decrease the separation between the sacred words on the page and ourselves. Unlike cognitive understanding, which assumes that the object to be understood is separate from the person engaged in the understanding, meditation supports a kind of knowing that sees the object and the person as one.

Aging

Aging

While praying to God for help and solace, it struck me that there may be a different way to think about Alzheimer's. When Miriam's mind seems distant, the "person" I used to know is not really gone, but just gone from me, at those moments.

Infertility

Infertility

Creating another person is among the most magical things we humans are capable of. We know about science and biology, and the process of reproduction, but when it happens or doesn't there is nothing scientific about the way it feels. It feels like magic. We either have it or we don't.