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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February 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.


...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
Tu B'Shevat 2015 begins on the
evening of Tuesday, February 3
Tu B'shvat: The New Year for
Trees
Tu B'Shvat (the fifteenth day in the
month of Shvat) has always been one
of the most beloved minor Jewish
holidays. It is a celebration of the
relationship of God with His people as
expressed by the blessings that  He
bestowed on the land. Today, when so
many Jewish people seek to heighten
the spirituality of their lives, by
deepening their bonds with Israel, this
holiday assumes renewed purpose.

Unfortunately, in spite of the fact that
Tu B’Shvat is discussed in both the
Mishna and the Talmud,
comparatively little information is
available about the holiday.  The origin
of Tu B’shvat is elucidated in the
Mishna (the six orders of the Oral
Tradition), tractate Rosh Hashana.  
The very first verse says, “There are
four New Years: On the first of the
month of Nissan is the New Year for
kings and for festivals; on the first of
Elul is the New Year for the tithe of
animals; on the first of Tishrei (Rosh
HaShanah) is the New Year for the
counting of the years, for Shmitta
(sabbatical years), for the Jubilee; and
on the first of Shevat is the New Year
for Trees, according to the view of the
School of Shammai. But the School of
Hillel says, on the fifteenth of
Shevat.

Tu B'Shvat is the New Year for trees. A
special Tu B’Shvat Seder was
formulated in the mid 1500’s by the
students of the Holy Ari - Rabbi Isaac
Luria.  They saw the seder as an
opportunity to restore their spiritual
connection with the Four Worlds of the
Kabbalah. It was set up along the lines
of the Passover Seder. White
tablecloths were placed on the tables
with light of candles glowing. Incense,
preferably myrtle, which is
harvested during Succot, is placed on
the tables. Similarly, flowers were used
to decorate the tables and to
give the air a pleasant fragrance.

What does that mean, a "New Year" for
the trees? Do trees make resolutions
on that day? Do trees dip their
apples in honey and ask for a sweet
year? This New Year for Trees is
related to the biblical tithe on fruits.
Fruits which ripen and are picked from
the trees up until the 15th of Shevat
get counted for tithing that year,
and the fruit picked from the trees after
Tu Bishvat get counted for the
following year. These two groups must
be kept separate - one must not take
fruit of the previous year and pass it
off as tithes for the following year.
To be continued