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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For the Distance healing
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December 2014
Chanukah begins on the evening
of Tuesday, December 16 and  
continues for 8 days until
Wednesday December 24.
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.
A Gift for  Chanukah
When I was growing up in Brooklyn, rabbis
preached Torah and Mitzvot with "fire and
brimstone." Rabbis are much more
easy-going these days. They don't scream at
us any longer. I can remember one tirade
about why we should not exchange
Chanukah gifts. In those days our parents
didn't want to hear the 'shoulds' and 'should
nots'. They wanted homes in the suburbs,
Florida vacations, and college tuition. Maybe
rabbis turned us off so we tuned them out.
Now I realize that the rabbis were pointing to
a way that we didn't hear.
Continue reading here
About Chanukah
Chanukah (Hebrew:
חֲנֻכָּה,  also
romanized as Chanukah or Chanuka),
also known as the Festival of Lights, is
an eight-day Jewish holiday
commemorating the rededication of the
Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in
Jerusalem at the time of the

Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century
BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight
nights and days, starting on the 25th
day of Kislev according to the Hebrew
calendar, which may occur at any time
from late November to late December
in the Gregorian calendar.
Blessings for lighting the Menorah
Before kindling the Chanukah lights on the
first night of Chanukah, Tuesday December
16, 2014, (or if you're kindling the Chanukah
lights for the first time this year) recite all
three blessings. On every subsequent night
only the first two are recited.

Recited only on the first night (or the first time
lighting this Chanukah):

1. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech
ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav
ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner Cha-nu-kah.

2. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech
Ha-olam she-a-sa ni-sim la-avo-te-nu
ba-ya-mim ha-hem bi-zman ha-zeh.

3. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech
Ha-olam she-heche-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu
ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh.

Translation:

1. Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the
universe, who has sanctified us with His
commandments, and commanded us to
kindle the Chanukah light.

2. Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the
universe, who performed miracles for our
forefathers in those days, at this time.

3. Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the
universe, who has granted us life, sustained
us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.