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Some Jewish Resources, in English, related to Illness, Suffering, Bikur Cholim ("Visiting the Sick") and Spiritual Healing
Blanchard, Rabbi Tsvi. Joining Heaven and Earth: Maimonides and the Laws of Bikkur Cholim. NY: National Center for Jewish Healing, 1994.
Buxbaum, Yitzhak. Jewish Spiritual Practices. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1990.
Cardin, Rabbi Nina Beth. Tears of Sorrow, Tears of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights, 1999.
Davis, Avram. Meditation from the Heart of Judaism. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1998.
Davis, Avram. The Way of Flame: A Guide to the Forgotten Mystical Tradition of Jewish Meditation. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1998.
Flam, Rabbi Nancy, ed. When the Body Hurts, the Soul Still Longs to Sing. NY: National Center for Jewish Healing, 1994.
Frankiel, Tamar and Greenfield, Judy. Minding the Temple of the Soul Balancing Body, Mind & Spirit through Traditional Jewish Prayer, Movement & Meditation. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1997.
Freeman, David L. and Abrams, Judith Z. Illness and Health in the Jewish Tradition: Writings from the Bible to Today. Philadelphia: Jew. Pub. Soc., 1999
Green, Arthur. These Are the Words: A Vocabulary of Jewish Spiritual Life. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1998.
Greenbaum, Avraham. The Wings of the Sun: Traditional Jewish Healing in Theory and Practice. Jerusalem and Monsey, NY: Breslov Research Inst., 1995.
Greenbaum, Avraham, ed. and trans. Garden of the Soul: Rebbe Nachman on Suffering. Jerusalem and Monsey, NY: Breslov Research Institute, 1990.
Handler, Jane, and Hetherington, Kim, with Kelman, Rabbi Stuart L. Give Me Your Hand: Traditional and Practical Guidance on Visiting the Sick, Second Edition, Berkeley, CA: Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1997.
Kaplan, Aryeh. Jewish Meditation. NY: Schocken, 1985.
New Listing: Kohn, Rabbi Douglas J. Life, Faith and Cancer: Jewish Journeys Through Diagnosis, Treatment and Recovery. New York: URJ Press, 2008.
Kraemer, David. Responses to Suffering in Classical Rabbinic Literature. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.
Kushner, Lawrence. God was in this Place & I, I Did Not Know. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1991.
Kushner, Lawrence. The Book of Words: Talking Spiritual Life, Living Spiritual Talk. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1993.
Lamm, Rabbi Maurice. The Power of Hope. NY: Simon and Schuster, 1995.
Levy, Naomi. Talking to God: Personal Prayers for Tims of Joy, Sadness, Struggle and Celebration. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.
Mykoff, Moshe and the Breslov Research Institute, adaptors. The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy/Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1994.
Olitzky, Rabbi Kerry M. 100 Blessings Every Day: Daily Twelve Step Recovery Affirmations, Exercises for Personal Growth and Renewal, Reflecting Seasons of the Jewish Year. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1993.
Olitzky, Rabbi Kerry M. Jewish Paths toward Healing and Wholeness:A Personal Guide to Dealing with Suffering . Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights, 2000.
Orenstein, Rabbi Debra. Lifecycles: Jewish Women on Life Passages and Personal Milestones. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1994.
Orenstein, Rabbi Debra, and Litman, Rabbi Jane Rachel. Lifecycles: Jewish Women on Biblical Themes in Contemporary Life. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1997.
Ozarowski, Rabbi Joseph S. To Walk In God’s Ways: Jewish Pastoral Perspectives on Illness and Bereavement. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1995.
Person E. Hara, ed. The Mitzvah of Healing: An Anthology of Essays, Jewish Texts, Personal Stories, Meditations, and Rituals. New York: Women of Reform Judaism/UAHC Press, 2003.
Riemer, Jack and Stampfer, Nathaniel. So That Your Values Live On: Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Pub., 1991.
Schur, Rabbi Tzvi G. Illness and Crisis: Coping the Jewish Way. NY: National Conference of Synagogue Youth, 1987.
Twerski, Rabbi Abraham, MD Living Each Week NY: Mesorah/Artscroll, 1995.
Weintraub, Simkha Y., ed. Healing of Soul, Healing of Body: Spiritual Leaders Unfold the Strength and Solace in Psalms. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights, 1994.
Weintraub, Simkha Y. and Lever, Aaron. Guide Me Along the Way: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Surgery, National Center for Jewish Healing, 2001.
Wolpe, David J. The Healer of Shattered Hearts: A Jewish View of God. NY: Penguin Books, 1990.
Some Resources in English about Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism
Afterman, Allen. Kabbalah and Consciousness. New York: Sheep Meadow Press, 1992.
Cooper, David. God is a Verb: Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism*. New York: Riverhead Books/Penguin Putnam, 1997.
Idel, Moshe. Kabbalah: New Perspectives. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1988.
Idel, Moshe. Studies in Ecstatic Kabbalah. New York: State University of New York Press, 1988.
Jacobs, Louis. Jewish Mystical Testimonies. New York: Schocken Books, 1977.
Kaplan, Aryeh. Meditation and Kabbalah. York Beach, ME: Samuel Weiser, 1982.
Matt, Daniel C. The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism*. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1996.
Matt, Daniel C. Zohar: Annotated and Explained. Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths Publishing, 2002.
Scholem, Gershom. Kabbalah. New York: Meridian/Penguin, 1978.
Scholem, Gershom. On the Kabbalah and Its Symbolism. New York: Schocken Books, 1969.
Scholem, Gershom. Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism. New York: Schocken Books, 1972.
Scholem, Gershom. On the Mystical Shape of the Godhead. New York: Schocken Books, 1991.
Wineman, Aryeh. Ethical Tales from the Kabbalah*. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1999.
* Good introductory texts
Some Jewish Books about the PSALMS, in English
Cohen, Martin Samuel. Our Haven and Our Strength: The Book of Psalms. New York: Aviv Press, 2004.
Chiel, Rabbi Samuel and Henry Dreher. For Thou Art With Me: The Healing Power of Psalms. Daybreak/Rodale Books, 2000.
Feuer, Rabbi Avrohom Chaim. Tehillim Treasury: Inspirational Messages and Uplifting Interpretations of the Psalms of David. Brooklyn: Artscroll Mesorah paperback, 1993.
Hakham, Amos. The Bible: Psalms, with the Jerusalem Commentary. Jerusalem: Mosad Harav Kook, 2003, 3 volumes.
Hirsch, Rabbi Samson Raphael. The Hirsch Psalms: Translation and Commentary. New York: Feldheim Publishers, 5737/1978.
Levine, Herbert J. Sing Unto God A New Song: A Contemporary Reading of the Psalms. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995.
Polish, PhD, Rabbi Daniel F. Bringing the Psalms to Life: How to Understand and Use the Book of Psalms. Jewish Lights Publishing, 2000.
Polish, PhD, Rabbi Daniel F. Keeping the Faith with the Psalms: Deepen Your Relationship with God Using the Book of Psalms. Jewish Lights Publishing, 2003.
Rosenberg, Rabbi A. J. Psalms: A New English Translation Translation of Text, Rashi and Commentary. New York: The Judaica Press, 1991, 3 volumes.
Sarna, Nahum M. On the Book of Psalms: Exploring the Prayers of Ancient Israel. New York: Schocken Books paperback, 1993.
Weintraub, Rabbi Simkha Y. (Ed.) Healing of Soul, Healing of Body: Spiritual Leaders Unfold the Strength and Solace of Psalms. Woodstock, Vermont: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1994.
In terms of psalms that are part of our liturgy, many are discussed in:
In Hebrew, I highly recommend this commentary:
Some Jewish Resources on Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
Angel, Rabbi Marc The Orphaned Adult: Confronting the Death of a Parent. NY: Human Sciences Press, 1977.
Brener, Anne. Mourning and Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner’s Path Through Grief to Healing. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights, 1993.
Cardin, Rabbi Nina Beth Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights, 1999.
Diament, Anita. Saying Kaddish: How to Comfort the Dying, Bury the Dead, and Mourn as a Jew. New York: Schocken Books, 1998.
Harlow, Jules. The Bond of Life. NY: The Rabbinical Assembly, 1983.
Heilman, Samuel C. When A Jew Dies: The Ethnography of a Bereaved Son. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.
Isaacs, Ron H. and Olitzky, Kerry M., editors. A Jewish Mourners Handbook. Hoboken, NJ: Ktav, 1991.
Jaffe, Hirshel, Rudin, James, Rudin, Marcia. Why Me? Why Anyone?. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1986.
Kay, Alan. A Jewish Book of Comfort. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1994.
Kraemer, David. Responses to Suffering in Classical Rabbinic Literature. NY: Oxford University Press, 1995.
Kraus, Pesach and Goldfischer, Morrie Why Me? Coping with Grief, Loss, and Change. Bantam, 1988.
Kushner, Harold. When Bad Things Happen to Good People. NY: Schocken Books, 1981.
Lamm, Maurice. The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning. NY: Jonathan David Publishers, 1969.
Levy, Naomi To Begin Again: The Journey Toward Comfort, Strength, and Faith in Difficult Times. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998.
Levy, Rabbi Yamin Confronting the Loss of A Baby: A Personal and Jewish Perspective. Hoboken, NJ: Ktav Publishing, 1997.
Liss-Levinson, Nechama. When a Grandparent Dies: A Kid’s Own Remembering Workbook for Dealing with Shiva and the Year Beyond. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights, 1995.
Ozarowski, Joseph S. To Walk in God’s Ways: Jewish Pastoral Perspectives on Illness and Bereavement. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1995.
Raphael, Simcha Paull. Jewish Views of the Afterlife. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1995.
Rapoport, Nessa. A Womans Book of Grieving. NY: William Morrow and Co. 1994.
Riemer, Jack and Stampfer, Nathaniel, eds. So That Your Values Live On: Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights, 1991.
Riemer, Jack, ed. Jewish Reflections on Death. NY: Shocken Books, 1976.
Riemer, Jack. Jewish Insights on Death and Mourning. NY: Schocken Books, 1996.
Rozwaski, Chaim Z. Jewish Meditations on the Meaning of Death. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1994.
Shapiro, Rami M. Open Hands: A Jewish Guide on Dying, Death, and Bereavement. Miami: Temple Beth Or, 1986.
Silverman, Rabbi William B. and Dr. Kenneth M Cinnamon. When Mourning Comes: A Book of Comfort for the Grieving. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1991.
Syme, Daniel and Sonsino, Rifat. What Happens After I Die? Jewish Views of Life After Death. NY: UAHC Press, 1990.
Visotzky, Rabbi Burton L. and Rabbi Carolyn Braun. Confronting Death: Four Stories of Consolation. NY: The Rabbinical Assembly, 1995.
Weiss, Abner. Death and Bereavement -- A Halakhic Guide. NY: Ktav, 1991.
Wieseltier, Leon. Kaddish. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1998.
Wittenberg, Rabbi Jonathan. The Laws of Life: A Guide to Traditional Jewish Practice at Times of Bereavement. London, England: Assembly of Masorti Synagogues/New North London Synagogue, 1997; available through the National Center for Jewish Healing.
Yoskowitz, Rabbi Herbert A. The Kaddish Minyan: The Impact on Ten Lives, Austin, TX: Eakin Press, 2001
My Twenty-Some Favorite Collections of Jewish Stories*
Agnon, S.Y. Twenty-One Stories. NY: Schocken Books, 1970, pbk.
Alter, Robert. Modern Hebrew Literature. NY: Behrman House, 1975, pbk.
Ausubel, Nathan. (Ed.) A Treasury of Jewish Folklore. NY: Crown Publishers, 1948.
Barash, Asher and Murray Roston. A Golden Treasury of Jewish Tales. Tel Aviv: Massadah/P.E.C. Press Ltd., 1965.
Bleefeld, Rabbi Bradley R. and Robert L. Shook. Saving the World Entire and 100 Other Beloved Parables from the Talmud. NY: Plume/Penguin, 1998, pbk.
Carlebach, Shlomo and Susan Yael Mesinai. Shlomos Stories. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1994.
Glazer, Miriyam. Dancing on the Edge of the World: Jewish Stories of Faith, Inspiration, and Love. Lincolnwood, IL: Lowell House, 2000, pbk.
Gold, Sharyla and Mishael Maswari Caspi, The Answered Prayer and Other Yemenite Folktales. Phila.: Jewish Publication Society, 1990.
Heinemann, Benno. The Maggid of Dubno and His Parables. NY: Feldheim Publishers, 1978.
Howe, Irving and Eliezer Greenberg. (Eds.) A Treasury of Yiddish Stories. NY: Schocken Books, 1973.
Ish-Kishor, Judith. Tales from the Wise Men of Israel. Phila.: J. P. Lippincott Co., 1962.
Kaplan, Rabbi Aryeh. (Ed.) Rabbi Nachmans Stories. Monsey, NY: Breslov Research Institute, 1983.
Levin, Meyer. The Golden Mountain. New York: Behrman House Publishers, 1951.
Nahmad, H. M. (Ed.) A Portion in Paradise and Other Jewish Folktales. NY: Schocken Books, 1970.
Pavlat, Leo. Jewish Folk Tales. NY: Greenwich House/Crown Publishers, 1986.
Peretz, I.L. Selected Stories. NY: Schocken Books, 1974, pbk.
Rush, Barbara and Eliezer Marcus. Seventy and One Tales for the Jewish Year: Folk Tales for the Festivals. NY: AZYF, 1980.
Schwartz, Howard (Ed.) Elijahs Violin and Other Jewish Fairy Tales. NY: Harper and Row, 1983.
Schwartz, Howard (Ed.) Miriam’s Tambourine: Jewish Folktales from Around the World. NY: Oxford U. Press, 1988, pbk.
Weinreich, Beatrice Silverman. (Ed.) Yiddish Folktales. NY: Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library, 1988.
Bashevis Singer, Isaac. The Collected Stories. NY: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1982.
Wineman, Aryeh. The Hasidic Parable: An Anthology and Commentary. Phila.: Jewish Publication Society, 2001.
Some Jewish "Nugget Books"
Olitzky, Rabbi Kerry M. and Rabbi Lori Forman. Sacred Intentions: Daily Inspiration to Strengthen the Spirit, Based on Jewish Wisdom. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1999.
Perlman, Debbie. Flames to Heaven: New Psalms for Healing & Praise. Wilmette, IL: Rad Publishers, 1998.
Twerski, Rabbi Abraham J. Living Each Week. Brooklyn, NY: Mesorah Publications, 1995.
Some Useful By-Topic Anthologies of Jewish Quotations/Sources
Baron, Joseph L. (Ed.) A Treasury of Jewish Quotations. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson/Bnai Brith, 1985.
Greenberg, Rabbi Sidney. A Treasury of Stories and Wisdom for Living at Our Best. Princeton, NJ: Growth Associates, 2002.
Gribetz, Jessica. (Ed.) Wise Words: Jewish Thoughts and Stories Through the Ages. New York: William Morrow and Co., 1997.
Montefiore, C. G. and H. Loewe, A Rabbinic Anthology. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society of America, 5720/1960.
Neusner, Jacob and Noam M. M. Neusner, eds. The Book of Jewish Wisdom: The Talmud of the Well-Considered Life. New York: Continuum, 1996.
Siegel, Danny. Where Heaven and Earth Touch: The Combined Anthology of Midrash and Halachah. Pittsboro, NC: The Town House Press, 1985.