Rabbi William (Bill) Cutter will be signing copies of Midrash & Medicine: Healing Body and Soul in the Jewish Interpretive Tradition on Sunday February 27th from noon to 2pm.
The Jewish healing movement is an effort to promote the use of Jewish beliefs and traditions among doctors and health care workers. The rabbis and other community workers who founded this movement believed that patients and people facing life crises are better served by practitioners knowledgeable about Jewish literature, liturgy, and midrash -- commentary, interpretations, and stories about biblical texts.
The Kalman Institue on Judaism and Health, founded by editor Cutter, a rabbi and professor emeritus at Hebrew Union College, fosters the movement through conferences and workshops, including the 2009 "Midrash & Medicine" that is the basis for this book.
Rabbi William Cutter, PhD, is director of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and professor of modern Hebrew literature and the Steinberg Professor of Human Relations at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. He is editor of Healing and the Jewish Imagination: Spiritual Perspectives on Judaism and Health (Jewish Lights). He has published widely on health and healing.