Torah and Medicine Resources

Meditation on the Blessing “A Complete Recovery From Heaven”

The traditional blessing for a sick person (said immediately following the Torah reading, either on Shabbat or weekdays) includes a well-known description of healing: “A complete recovery from Heaven” (רְפוּאָה שְׁלֵמָה מִן הַשָׁמַיִם ). This is a meditation on this phrase which should be reviewed both by the sick person and those praying for him. Ideally, one should be able to recall this meditation by heart while envisioning the letters of the blessing. Likewise, it should be clear from the end that loving one’s fellow Jew is the most instrumental commandment that leads to health and well-being.

4 Medical Methods: Homeopathy, Allopathy, Osteopathy, Naturopathy

Contemporary medical practice may be seen to employ four general methods of healing: homeopathy, allopathy, osteopathy, and naturopathy. Not sure about which method is best for you. In this article, all four are surveyed and the organizing power of Kabbalah and Chassidut is used to clarify what each one is best for.

Six Levels of Healing

In one of his many deep parables, Rabbi Isaac of Homil, one of the greatest thinkers in Chabad, draws a parallel between the 6 stages by which the Torah heals the soul and the 6 increasingly powerful types of medicine practiced in the medical world to heal the body. In the following article we will go through the 6 types of physical medicine that Rabbi Isaac lists and explain how they correspond to each of the 6 levels of the soul (which are healed by the Torah).

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