Healing of Soul, Healing of Body: Spiritual Leaders Unfold the Strength and Solace in Psalms

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About the Author

Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, LCSW, is the rabbinic director of the New York Jewish Healing Center and the National Center for Jewish Healing at the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services in New York City. He is the author of Healing of Soul, Healing of Body: Spiritual Leaders
Unfold the Strength and Solace in Psalms
(Jewish Lights Publishing) and Guide Me Along the Way: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Surgery (National Center for Jewish Healing).

Rabbi Harlan J. Wechsler (Conservative) is rabbi of Congregation Or Zarua in New York City and the author of What's So Bad About Guilt? and Old Is Good. He is assistant professor of Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he received his rabbinic ordination.
Rabbi Rachel Cowan directs the Jewish Life Program of the Nathan Cummings Foundation in NewYork City. Ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, she teaches and lectures extensively. Her own attachment to psalms as a resource for healing grows from her experience with her late husband Paul Cowan's struggle to find hope in the face of a fatal illness.

Sheila Peltz Weinberg was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
and has served as an educator, activist, liturgist, and congregational rabbi. She has
helped introduce meditation into the Jewish world as a form that can enliven and
illuminate Jewish practice. She is a founder and outreach director of the Institute
for Jewish Spirituality and the author of Surprisingly Happy: An Atypical
Religious Memoir.

Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, one of the most respected spiritual leaders and teachers of his generation, has been a rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California, for close to forty years. He is the founding chairman of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, an organization that identifies and offers grants to those non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews threatened by the agents of Nazi savagery. He is also the founder of Jewish World Watch, which aims to raise moral consciousness within the Jewish community. Synagogues and other religious institutions are now supporting this effort across the country.

Rabbi Schulweis is the author of many books, including: Conscience: The Duty to Obey and the Duty to Disobey (Jewish Lights), Approaches to the Philosophy of Religion, For Those Who Can't Believe, Finding Each Other in Judaism, In God's Mirror, and two books of original religious poetry and meditation--From Birth to Immortality and Passages in Poetry. His Evil and the Morality of God is regarded as a classic.

Rabbi Eugene B. Borowitz is the Sigmund L. Falk Distinguished Professor of Education and Jewish Religious Thought at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, where he was ordained. His books include Renewing the Covenant: A Theology for the Postmodern Jew and A Touch of the Sacred: A Theologian's Informal Guide to Jewish Belief (Jewish Lights).

Rabbi Maurice Lamm is the author of five major books, President of the National Institute for Jewish Hospice, and Professor at RIETS at Yeshiva University's Rabbinical Seminary in New York, where he holds the Chair in Professional Rabbinics. He was the rabbi of one of the largest Orthodox synagogues in the United States, Beth Jacob of Beverly Hills.Rabbi Lamm's newest publications are The Power of Hope and a CD-ROM entitled Love and Marriage. He is most popularly known for his The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning, first issued in 1969 and considered one of the best Jewish books of the year by The New York Times. Rabbi Lamm has also authored The Jewish Way in Love and Marriage, Becoming a Jew, and Living Torah in America.Maurice Lamm was awarded an honorary doctorate by Yeshiva University, from which he holds a B. A., M. A., and rabbinic ordination. He has served on the faculty of Stern College for Women, was field director of Military Chaplains, and traveled for the U. S. Department of Defense with the civilian equivalent of Major General. His chaplaincy duties took him around the world. One of his most important contributions has been the creation of the National Institute for Jewish Hospice.

Rabbi Amy Eilberg, MSW, is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary. After many years of work in pastoral care, hospice, and spiritual direction, Rabbi Eilberg now directs interfaith dialogue programs in the Twin Cities, including at the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning and the St. Paul Interfaith Network. She teaches the art of compassionate listening and is deeply engaged in peace and reconciliation efforts in connection
with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as with issues of conflict within the Jewish community.

Rabbi Nancy Flam is cofounder of the National Center for Jewish Healing and former director of the Jewish Community Healing Program of Ruach Ami Bay Area Jewish Healing Center. She cofounded the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, was its founding director, and now serves as codirector of programs. She edited the Jewish Lights series of pastoral-care pamphlets, LifeLights, and writes and teaches widely on Judaism, healing, prayer, spirituality, and social justice.

Rabbi Irving Greenberg is former President of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. He has lectured in every major city in the United States and has written numerous essays and monographs. He lives with his wife, Blu Greenberg, in Riverdale, New York.

Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, named one of the fifty leading rabbis in North America by Newsweek, is well known for his inspiring books that bring the Jewish wisdom tradition into everyday life. He is executive director of Big Tent Judaism, formerly Jewish Outreach Institute, and is author of many books on Jewish spirituality, healing and Jewish religious practice, including Making a Successful Jewish Interfaith Marriage: The Big Tent Judaism Guide to Opportunities, Challenges and Resources; Introducing My Faith and My Community: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide for a Christian in a Jewish Interfaith Relationship; Jewish Paths toward Healing and Wholeness: A Personal Guide to Dealing with Suffering; Grief in Our Seasons: A Mourner's Kaddish Companion; Twelve Jewish Steps to Recovery: A Personal Guide to Turning from Alcoholism & Other Addictions--Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex...; Facing Cancer as a Family; Life's Daily Blessings: Inspiring Reflections on Gratitude for Every Day, Based on Jewish Wisdom; 100 Blessings Every Day: Daily Twelve Step Recovery Affirmations, Exercises for Personal Growth and Renewal Reflecting Seasons of the Jewish Year and Recovery from Codependance: A Jewish Twelve Step Guide to Healing Your Soul. He is also coauthor of Grandparenting Interfaith Grandchildren; Jewish Holidays: A Brief Introduction for Christians; Jewish Ritual: A Brief Introduction for Christians; Renewed Each Day, Vol. One--Genesis and Exodus: Daily Twelve Step Recovery Meditations; Renewed Each Day, Vol. Two--Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy: Daily Twelve Step Recovery Meditations Based on the Bible and coeditor of The Rituals and Practices of a Jewish Life: A Handbook for Personal Spiritual Renewal (all Jewish Lights).

Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky is available to speak on the following topics:

  • The Jewish Twelve Step Path to Healing and Recovery
  • Sparks Beneath the Surface: A Spiritual Read on the Torah
  • Welcoming the Stranger in Our Midst
  • How to Nurture Jewish Grandchildren Being Raised in an Interfaith Family
  • Optimism for a Jewish Future

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"The Jewish Healing Center and Jewish Lights have provided ten valuable entry-points into the spiritual healing of the Book of Psalms."
--Rabbi Alan Silverstein, president, Rabbinical Assembly

"Opens us anew to the ancient wisdom and comfort of the psalms."
--Joan Borysenko, PhD, author, Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

"[A] book one reads and rereads many, many times, that one strives to absorb and to be absorbed by, and that one keeps close at hand, so that one can be nourished by it in times of fear and stress and loneliness."
--Rabbi Jack Riemer, editor, So That Your Values Live On--Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them; founder of the National Rabbinic Network

"Will bring comfort to anyone fortunate enough to read it. This gentle book is a luminous gem of wisdom."
--Larry Dossey, MD, author, Healing Words: The Power of Prayer & the Practice of Medicine

"An inspiration and guide to those who want to rejoice in their affliction, and bring healing and salvation to themselves and those around them."
--Dr. Bernie Siegel, author, Love, Medicine and Miracles

"As valuable a guide to the psalms as it is a guide through our times of trouble."
--Sherwin Nuland, MD, FACS, clinical professor of Surgery at Yale School of Medicine; author, How We Die