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Merging the East with Judaism

Merging the East with Judaism

Jewish medicine, with its spiritual and physical foundations, has wide range of medical principles that have stood the test of time and place, and it is a universally recognized as one of the foundations of medical practice.

Shelem College has adopted Jewish medicine as its main therapy philosophy and it is instilled in our students as part of their study of complementary medicine.

Jewish medicine is renowned as one of the most ancient healing methods in the world, and is the repository of the immense body of knowledge that the Talmud relates is part of the secret wisdom written down by Adam, passed on to our forefathers and later hidden away by King hizkiyahu.

Jewish medicine is actually holistic medicine, based as it is on the principle of treating the whole person, “both in mind and in body” and on combining spiritual and physiological therapies.

From the spiritual point of view, Jewish medicine is based on Kabalistic thought, which enumerates six levels of healing [body, nefesh (fleshly, 'earth' soul), ruach (emotional, 'water' soul), neshamah (intellectual, 'air' soul) and chayah (spiritual, 'fire' soul) and yechida (‘unity’)] and views the physical body as the abode of the soul and its spiritual-energy organs.

According to this view, sickness is caused by an imbalance between the body and the soul; and health and soundness of mind are achieved by creating balance among the various levels.

In order to achieve a balanced relationship and wholeness between a person's internal environment and the body its external environment, throughout history Jewish medicine has provided therapeutic tools that combine nutrition, medicinal herbs and unique spiritual therapies.

There are many proofs of the holistic concept in the Tanach, in which we can find general medical guidelines that include physical treatments and unique spiritual actions intended for healing (such as prayer or personal accounting).

This basic principle is at the foundation of the Rambam's teachings, which discuss the interdependency of the body and the soul in the process whereby a person becomes ill and in the healing process. The Rambam refers, for example, to the importance of habits such as physical exercise, maintaining hygiene and proper nutrition, alongside medicinal plant therapy and spiritual work (improving one's character traits) in order to achieve the complete healing of the body and soul.

Shelem College is the first college in Israel to raise the banner of holistic natural medicine based on the pillars of ancient Jewish medicine and the principles of Kabala, and these set the stage for the study of complementary medicine.

Shelem College distinguishes itself in offering students a curriculum that provides a remarkable integration of Jewish spiritual principles with holistic therapies from the Far East.

Shelem College | College of complementary medicine in the spirit of Judaism, 224 Yaffo St. | 1-700-50-54-54