The Hadassah Jewish Family Book of Health and Wellness

The Hadassah Jewish Family Book of Health and Wellness

by Arthur Kurzweil, Dale L. Mintz, Robin E. Berman
     
 

The Jewish people have special concerns, approaches, and attitudes about health and wellness, due in part to certain illnesses known as “Jewish genetic diseases,” such as Tay-Sachs, Niemann-Pick, Gaucher, and others. Beyond these genetic diseases, however, the entire range of topics and issues related to health and wellness has long been of great

Overview

The Jewish people have special concerns, approaches, and attitudes about health and wellness, due in part to certain illnesses known as “Jewish genetic diseases,” such as Tay-Sachs, Niemann-Pick, Gaucher, and others. Beyond these genetic diseases, however, the entire range of topics and issues related to health and wellness has long been of great interest to the religious and secular Jewish community. Jewish tradition has developed many special approaches to health and health-related issues, based on the hallowed traditions and precepts found in the Torah, its commentaries, and the vast literature written by rabbinic authorities throughout the centuries. Similarly Jewish secular culture has developed many special attitudes and approaches to the issues in this book regarding women’s health, nutrition, raising children, caregiving, and other special issues.

The Hadassah Jewish Family Book of Health and Wellness, written in collaboration with Hadassah: The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, known throughout the world for its leadership as a major force in health research and education, provides a much-needed resource and guide to physical health and spiritual issues that are of concern to Jewish families.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
World-renowned for its interest in healthcare, Hadassah: The Women's Zionist Organization of America has attached its name to this work by Berman (founder, president, CEO, & medical director, National Gaucher Fdn.), Arthur Kurzweil (publisher, Parabola magazine), and Dale L. Mintz (national director of women's health, Hadassah), which attempts to address both the physical and the spiritual care of Jewish families. Individual essays by healthcare professionals, spiritual leaders, and academicians delve into Jewish thought behind today's health and wellness issues, including sexuality, food and diet, and mental health. This foray into consumer health has its heart in the right place but might be slightly misleading. The essays are engaging and informative but not always practically useful; some are highly academic. For example, one essay discusses whether smoking is kosher but does not address how to quit. Public libraries with consumer health collections should not bypass this work, but it may not be the practical self-help book many patrons are seeking. Appropriate for larger synagogue libraries as well.-Rachel M. Minkin, Graduate Theological Union Lib., Berkeley, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787980719
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/17/2006
Series:
Arthur Kurzweil Bks.
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.90(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"This book explains how so many of the health decisions we need to make in the contemporary world are tied to our ancient texts and traditions. Full of wisdom and insights, this book belongs in every Jewish home—no matter how young or old you are, and not matter if you live alone or with others. Written in an easy to read format, this book invites you to pick out a chunk and contemplate what it says, and then to choose another chunk whenever you are ready."
—Dr. Jehuda Reinharz, president, Brandeis University

"This novel blend of religious and scientific information is a unique resource for families interested in preserving optimal health and curing illness."
—Marianne J. Legato, M.D., professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons; founder and director, Partnership for Health at Columbia

"A healthful lifestyle is a cornerstone of Jewish teaching. Hadassah WZO has provided a provocative, practical, accessible, and highly readable guide to prevention of disease and enjoyment of life to the fullest. And it does so from a uniquely Jewish perspective. This outstanding guide offers answers from medical experts, rabbis, caregivers, and other health professionals on how to live long and well and triumph over life’s adversities. Words of Jewish wisdom and advice on health, the care of the body, medical and environmental ethics, diseases, healing, and more make the Hadassah Jewish Family Book of Health and Wellness a must-read."
—Carol Diament, Ph.D., former director, Hadassah’s Jewish Education Department

Meet the Author

Robin Ely Berman, M.D., is founder, president, CEO, and medical director of the National Gaucher Foundation. She has been a pioneer in her work with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in researching and treating Jewish diseases, and also runs the Center for Integrative Medicine in Rockville, Maryland.

Arthur Kurzweil is a writer and teacher, and serves as publisher at Parabola magazine. He is the editor of Best Jewish Writing 2003, and author of From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy and Family History and On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz, all from Jossey-Bass.

Dale Liebson Mintz, MPA, CHES, is Hadassah's founding National Director of Women's Health and Advocacy and an expert of long standing in the field of health and wellness. She has spoken on doctor-patient communication, the sandwich generation, and many other topics to Jewish and secular audiences. She communicates her knowledge and passion to her audiences with enthusiasm to motivate them to take action on their own and their family's behalf.

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