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Sanity and Sanctity: Mental Health Work Among the Ultra-Orthodox in Jerusalem

David Greenberg and Eliezer Witztum


Ultra-orthodox Jews in Jerusalem are isolated from the secular community that surrounds them not only physically but by their dress, behaviors, and beliefs. Their relationship with secular society is characterized by social, religious, and political tensions. The differences between the ultra-orthodox and secular often pose special difficulties for psychiatrists who attempt to deal with their needs. In this book, two Western-trained psychiatrists discuss their mental health work with this community over the past two decades. With humor and affection they elaborate on some of the factors that m ... More

Keywords: ultra-orthodox Jews, Jerusalem, secular community, dress, behaviors, beliefs, secular society, political tensions, mental health work, anti-secular groups

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780300071917
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300071917.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Greenberg, author

Eliezer Witztum, author

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Part I An Introduction to Ultra - Orthodoxy and Community Mental Health Work in Jerusalem

Part II The Psychopathology of Belief and Ritual

Part III Psychopathology and Religious Return

Part IV The Provision of Mental Health Care

Part V Case Studies

Part VI Conclusion