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Sanity and SanctityMental Health Work Among the Ultra-Orthodox in Jerusalem$
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David Greenberg and Eliezer Witztum

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300071917

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300071917.001.0001

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“A Big Man Dressed in Black Is Hitting Me”

“A Big Man Dressed in Black Is Hitting Me”

Deconstructing the Narrative

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10 “A Big Man Dressed in Black Is Hitting Me”
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Sanity and Sanctity
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David Greenberg

Eliezer Witztum

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300071917.003.0010

This chapter examines why nocturnal hallucinations predominantly affect ultra-orthodox teenage boys with a history of learning difficulties. The following unique aspects of ultra-orthodox life are analyzed for their influence: (i) growing up with learning difficulties in an environment where academic achievement is the pinnacle of success and no alternative is countenanced; (ii) the challenges presented by such important milestones in life as bar mitzvah, adolescence, and leaving home to live in a yeshiva; (iii) the impact of loss; (iv) the meaning of night in ultra-orthodox Judaism; and (v) the differences between the sexes.

Keywords:   ultra-orthodox Jews, nocturnal hallucinations, Jewish teenage boys, learning difficulties

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