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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

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

David Greenberg

Eliezer Witztum

Yale University Press

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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