Welcome to  Jewish  Healing and Spirituality

Welcome to 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
unorthodox.

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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January 2015
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
music.

To listen to some current
Jewish music click on the
"Music" button on the left of
this screen.
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
century.
It's Cool To Be A Jew
I was recently teaching a class in Jewish
spirituality when one evening a new face
appeared in the group. I welcomed the
newcomer who asked "what class is this?" I
answered, "Jewish spirituality."  She quickly
responded with "what do you mean by
spirituality?” I offered a perfunctory answer,
which may or may not have been satisfactory.
She never showed up again. That same
question has been presented to me on more
than just a few occasions, so I thought it's time
for a more thoughtful response.

I realize there is no singular answer but instead
there are extents of personal meanings that may
find its imprint on an individual's soul. Here are
perhaps a few of the more pertinent possibilities.
First, could be a need to transcend life in its
present condition. We need to find a way to
overcome deficiencies in our lives-physical
illness, mental and emotional problems. In this
case, Jewish spirituality provides a matrix to
recognize that  life is not run by external
circumstances, but by spirit. As it is written, "Not
by might, nor by power, but by My spirit, saith the
Lord of hosts." (Zech. 4:6)

Coming to the realization that it's not what you
know-professionally, socially, or religiously-but
how you live your life is the next possibility that
constitutes spirituality. I mean that a spiritual life
is a life of joy, compassion, love and healthy
values. If your life is not thoroughly filled with this
splendor perhaps it's time than to consider
making t'shuvah: turning inward towards the
spiritual worlds. We have choices. We can either
choose to live with our imperfection, our misery
and our illness or we can choose the path of
t'shuvah which I can personally assert has
greatest possible therapeutic power. T'shuvah is
the healing power of G-d.

A third possibility is through Kabbalah. We may
have been erroneously taught that Jewish
mysticism is strictly an intellectual pursuit or that
it's taboo for those under forty years of age. In
essence Kabbalah is complementary to Torah
learning; we need both. They are simultaneously
the right and left brain of Judaism and together
constitute a unified whole. In keeping with the left
brain convention Kabbalah is receptive: receiving
guidance from the Ain Sof-the great nothingness
we refer to as G-d. Kabbalah, like other spiritual
practices, requires a practice from which we
understand the mystery and the reality of life.
This knowledge arises from the silence and its
attributes come clear in the present moment.
Here the aspiring mystic practicing the study of
Torah, the performance of Mitzvot, prayer and
meditation with the proper kavannah-awareness
and attention-achieves a level of devekut:
attachment to the Divine. The persistent practice
elevates one to discovering both his/her true
identity and perfection; that you are perfect and
the universe is perfect, even though it may not
appear that way.

This abbreviated description of the mystic
process may seem out of reach for the average
person, but it's really not. It takes a certain
amount of commitment to the Jewish practices.
They need not be strictly halachic, although today
it's cool to be a practicing Jew.  Thousands of
Jews today are clamoring for some spirituality in
their lives as relief from the sterile, cerebral
atmosphere they find in their synagogues. They
search for inspiration and a more emotional
attachment to the Creator.  You can create that
drive within yourself-at home or in the
synagogue- by simply paying attention,
becoming aware, moment by moment, of what's
going on inside of you-the sensations, the
feeling and the thoughts. It's there when you hear
the melodies, when you see the Torah scroll
adored, when you see the ark opened, when you
see the ancient text in your prayer book, when
you stand up and when you sit down. It's there
when you enter your home and when you gather
around the Shabbat table. It's all-symbolic of the
Divine spirit within. That's when you get a
glimpse of heaven.

...About Wally Spiegler
Velvel "Wally" Spiegler lives in Rehoboth MA. He
is a Certified Polarity Therapist, registered with
advanced standing in the American Polarity
Therapy Association; a student and teacher of
Jewish Mysticism whose primary interest is in
Jewish approaches to the healing of mind, body,
and spirit.
Wally can be reached for comments or
questions by calling (508) 252-6500 or Email to
wallyspiegler@yahoo.com