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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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The Baal Teshuva and Mental Health, or Why the Camel Changed His Burden, and How He Felt About It

The Baal Teshuva and Mental Health, or Why the Camel Changed His Burden, and How He Felt About It

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(p.137) 15 The Baal Teshuva and Mental Health, or Why the Camel Changed His Burden, and How He Felt About It
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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/9780300071917.003.0015

This chapter discusses the link between ultra-orthodox baalei teshuva and psychiatric disorder. It first considers the normative aspects of the baal teshuva movement, particularly the underlying historical and sociological factors and the internal influences that can lead individuals to such a drastic change in position, from being the camel who protects the state and develops its economy to being the camel that bears “the yoke of the kingdom of heaven”.

Keywords:   ultra-orthodox Jews, baal teshuva movement, psychiatric disorder

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