EJEWISH PHILANTHROPY — September 22, 2020 — During Yom Kippur, we will pray for the opening of many gates, including the gate of refuah shelema: the gate of complete healing. This request will carry special urgency this year, as many continue to suffer in both body and spirit from the effects of COVID-19. For decades, the idea of spiritual healing was anathema to many American Jews, and the concept of “Jewish healing” an oxymoron. A small group of rabbis and philanthropists began to change this exactly thirty years ago when they launched the contemporary Jewish healing movement. The pandemic has shown how valuable their work has been to Jewish life while also uncovering areas of new communal need.
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