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.
The first time I participated in a prayer service in a circle I felt awkward and uncomfortable. It felt exposed—everyone could see me. For me, prayer is a private matter. Indeed, one of the ...
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-...