Jewish Healing and Spirituality
Jewish healing is built on the
foundation that healing and
spirituality are synonymous
terms. Those who pursue a
spiritual connection will heal
more effectively. In this site you
can find helpful articles on
Jewish mysticism (Kabbalah),
spirituality, spiritual healing and
Torah to assist you in living a
Jewish spiritual life. Just click on
the links to your left.
Originally, energy healing and
mysticism was the work of the
Temple priests. After the
destruction of the Temple, Jews
fought for survival nearly 20
centuries and put healing and
spirituality on the back burner.
This site is non-denominational.
We have no specific connections
to orthodox, conservative,
reform, or Reconstructionist
Judaism. You might say we're
Healing is our birthright. Every
culture hat ever existed had a
system of healing. Judaism is
no exception. Jewish healing is
inextricably bound to Jewish
spirituality, our religious/spiritual
tradition. Many Jews in search of
spirituality flocked to the Eastern
religions because they couldn't
find it in Judaism.
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Learn About Jewish Music
Jewish music is the music and
melodies of the Jewish people.
There exist both traditions of
religious music, as sung at the
synagogue and domestic
prayers, and secular music,
such as klezmer. Whilst some
elements of Jewish music may
originate in biblical times,
differences of rhythm and sound
can be found amongst Jewish
communities that have been
musically influenced by location.
In the nineteenth century,
religious reform led to
composition of ecclesiastic
music in the styles of classical
music. A number of modern
Jewish composers have been
aware of and influenced by the
different traditions of Jewish
To listen to some current
Jewish music click on the
"Music" button on the left of
Jewish ethnomusicologist Mark
Kligman notes, “The scope of
contemporary Jewish music
encompasses a wide range of
genres and styles, including
music for the synagogue, folk
and popular music on religious
themes, Yiddish songs, klezmer
music, Israeli music, and art
music by serious composers.
Every sector of the Jewish
community – from the most right-
wing Orthodox to the most
secular – participates in the
Jewish music endeavor,
creating, performing, and
listening to the particular music
that meets its taste and needs.
The question of what is Jewish
music and what makes music
Jewish continues to be explored
in academic and artistic circles
alike. It may be seen in the work
of Velvel Pasternak, who has
spent much of the late twentieth
century as a preservationist
committing what had been a
strongly oral tradition to paper.
Also, John Zorn's record label,
Tzadik, features a "Radical
Jewish Culture" series that
focuses on exploring what
contemporary Jewish music is
and what it offers to
contemporary Jewish culture.
Of the contemporary music
Shlomo Carlebach is
considered by many to be the
most influential Jewish
songwriter of the last half
On the second day of Passover we
began to count The Omer. We
begin to count for 50 Days from
Passover to Shavuot.
The Omer (sheaf) was a harvest-offering
brought to the Temple on the second day of
Passover (Leviticus 23:9-14).
There is a further command that, from the day
when the Omer was brought, seven weeks were
to be counted, and on the 50th day a festival was
to be celebrated (Leviticus 23: 15-21). This
festival was later called Shavuot, “the Feast of
Weeks” (because it falls on the day after the
seven weeks have been counted).
In the Rabbinic tradition, all this was understood
to mean that, even after the destruction of the
Temple, each individual should actually count
these days, by saying each day, “This is the X
day of the Omer.” Among the many
interpretations given to counting the Omer is that
Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah while
Passover celebrates the Exodus from Egypt. The
free man, as he reminds himself of the bondage
in Egypt, counts each day towards the even
greater freedom enjoyed by those who live by the
In the Middle Ages, the Omer period became
one of sadness and mourning. Various
conjectures have been made about why what
was presumably a joyous period in Temple
times was transformed in this way. Orthodox
Jews do not have a haircut during this period,
and weddings do not take place. There are,
however, different customs regarding the
duration of the mourning period. Some observe
it from the end of Passover to Lag Ba-Omer (the
33rd day), others from the end of Passover until
Shavuot or until three days before Shavuot, and
there are other variations.
The Torah was given by God to the Jewish
people on Mount Sinai more than 3300 years
ago. Every year on the holiday of Shavuot we
renew our acceptance of G‑d’s gift, and G‑d “re-
gives” the Torah.
The word Shavuot means “weeks.” It marks the
completion of the seven-week counting period
between Passover and Shavuot.
The giving of the Torah was a far-reaching
spiritual event—one that touched the essence of
the Jewish soul for all times. Our sages have
compared it to a wedding between G‑d and the
Jewish people. Shavuot also means “oaths,” for
on this day G‑d swore eternal devotion to us,
and we in turn pledged everlasting loyalty to Him.
In ancient times, two wheat loaves would be
offered in Holy Temple. It was also at this time
that people would begin to bring bikkurim, their
first and choicest fruits, to thank G‑d for Israel’s
On this day God swore eternal devotion to us,
and we pledged everlasting loyalty to Him The
holiday of Shavuot is a two-day holiday,
beginning at sundown of the 5th of Sivan and
lasting until nightfall of the 7th of Sivan.
Women and girls light holiday candles to usher
in the holiday, on both the first and second
evenings of the holidays. It is customary to stay
up all night learning Torah on the first night of
Shavuot. All men, women and children should
go to the synagogue on the first day of Shavuot
to hear the reading of the Ten Commandments.
As on other holidays, special meals are eaten,
and no “work” may be performed.
It is customary to eat dairy foods on Shavuot.
Among the reasons, this commemorates the
receiving of the Torah, including the kosher
laws, the Jewish people could not cook meat in
their pots, which had yet to be rendered kosher.
On the second day of Shavuot, the Yizkor
memorial service is recited.
Some communities read the Book of Ruth
publicly, as King David—whose passing
occurred on this day—was a descendant of Ruth
This year Shavuot begins at
sundown on May 23rd