Contemporary Jewish healing services began in the 1980’s. For many people struggling with illness, these rituals provide community, inspiration and a place where the focus is on healing the spirit rather than curing the body. Services vary widely, but standard elements often include meditation, chanting, music, prayer, guided visualization and teaching from traditional and contemporary Jewish texts.
In Kabbalah, the current month on the Hebrew calendar, Iyar, is the month of healing. Its spelling—aleph, yud, yud, resh—corresponds to the first letters of the words “Ani Yud-Yud Rofecha,” “I am G-...