Friday, February 25, 2011

Bill Cutter Book Signing on Sunday 2/27

Rabbi William (Bill) Cutter will be signing copies of Midrash & Medicine: Healing Body and Soul in the Jewish Interpretive Tradition on Sunday February 27th from noon to 2pm.

The Jewish healing movement is an effort to promote the use of Jewish beliefs and traditions among doctors and health care workers. The rabbis and other community workers who founded this movement believed that patients and people facing life crises are better served by practitioners knowledgeable about Jewish literature, liturgy, and midrash -- commentary, interpretations, and stories about biblical texts.

The Kalman Institue on Judaism and Health, founded by editor Cutter, a rabbi and professor emeritus at Hebrew Union College, fosters the movement through conferences and workshops, including the 2009 "Midrash & Medicine" that is the basis for this book.

Rabbi William Cutter, PhD, is director of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and professor of modern Hebrew literature and the Steinberg Professor of Human Relations at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. He is editor of Healing and the Jewish Imagination: Spiritual Perspectives on Judaism and Health (Jewish Lights). He has published widely on health and healing.

1 comment:

  1. There are many individuals and institutions offering “spiritual healing”. Learn how to avoid the scams by learning about the healing power within yourself. Others can guide you, but your free will to make decisions by answering the universal question, “Should I or shouldn’t I?” places the power of healing and wellness in your hands, depending on G-d to help you. It’s simply a matter of becoming a proper vessel. To distinguish between the true healers and the hacks one need only to ascertain whether the person purporting to help is asking the patient to abandon all other treatment options. The other telltale sign is being told, “If your faith isn’t strong enough this won’t work.” The scam artist will always blame the victim for “Not having enough faith.” Therefore, true spiritual healing is a proper balance between prayer and appropriate action and it is mostly a private interaction between the afflicted person and G-d. We all would do well to remember that “If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck” it’s most probably a quack. More at