Jewish tradition has long recognized that there are two components of health: the body and the spirit. The Mi Sheberach prayer, traditionally recited for someone who is ill, asks God for refuah shleima, a complete healing, and then specifies two aspects: refuat hanefesh, healing of the soul/spirit/whole person, and refuat haguf, cure of the body. …

Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others (“JACS”) bridges the gap between recovery programs and the Jewish community. Founded in the late 1970s by Jewish alcoholics and family members under the auspices of the UJA-Federation, JACS is now a program of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS) in New York. Similarly, …

by Susan J. Cole From United Synagogue Review, Fall 1995 Reprinted With Permission As I write these words, a nice Jewish boy sucks on a crack pipe. In twenty-five seconds, freebase cocaine will sear his brain, firing the neurons that signal intense pleasure, the visceral excitement of food or sex. A few minutes later, he …

In Agam’s ideal synagogue, worshipers would ascend the sacred space of the sanctuary from a central vestibule. They would sit in rotating chairs, constantly creating different communal configurations. In this multidimensional synagogue, Torah arks would be placed all around, allowing the rabbi and the cantor to walk among the people during the service. My Ideal …