The book develops a methodology to access the Bible and the Talmud so that they can be actively applied to one’s personal and social lives.
The quest for understanding one’s place in the world is universal. In the modern era, for many, psychology provides important and accessible tools for introspection. When applied thoughtfully, various psychological methods yield great insight and understanding. But, they lack a fundamental sense of man’s higher purpose and do not propel us to rise above our base selves.
From its beginnings, the Bible has served first and foremost as a guide to daily living: a road map to one’s roles and responsibilities, based on the core belief that each of us has a unique path to follow. The Bible and the Talmud are at their most compelling when the text bears witness to our forefathers attempts to work out what is expected of them and they come to terms with these obligations. Over the millennium, however, this open-ended process once practiced so simply, has been abandoned, causing many to lose interest in their heritage.
This book bridges these two worlds and challenges the boundaries that separate them.
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About the Author
In Dr.Caspi’s “Psychology in Judaism” Tel Aviv based institute, students study about themselves, their wishes options and missions, with the aid of value clarifying and psychological tools taken from the Bible and the Talmud.
Dr. Caspi earned his BA (with distinction) from the Department of Jewish Philosophy of the Hebrew University. He holds a Doctorate in Social Welfare from the Wurzweiler School of social work, Yeshiva University. He was the Clinical Director of the Jerusalem Drug Prevention and Treatment Authority and directed the Eating Disorder unit at the Department of Psychiatry, Hadassah Hospital. He founded and directed a training program for family therapists and a training program for addiction counselors at the Hebrew University. He has taught at the Schools of Social Work at the Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University and in the School of Law at the Hebrew University.
A former Hillel Director, Caspi founded a program for establishing Bible study groups in community centers throughout Israel and directed a training program for facilitators of “Communal Batei Midrash” at Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Caspi leads workshops and courses on his method at the Institute for Judges Training of the Israeli Ministry of Justice, at the Beit Shmuel Center of the World Union of Progressive Judaism, for the “Tali” school system of the Conservative Movement, at “Shlihut”, a communal leadership program for Orthodox rabbis, and at the Israeli Ministry of Education.