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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 Very Narrow Bridge”

“A Very Narrow Bridge”

Psychopathology Among Baalei Teshuva in a Fringe Hasidic Group

17 “A Very Narrow Bridge”
Sanity and Sanctity

David Greenberg

Eliezer Witztum

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the authors' encounters with patients who were members of the group known as Bratslav hasidim. Bratslav hasidim are viewed by many ultra-orthodox as extreme, separate, and strange in their customs. The authors needed to become acquainted with the behavior and values of the sect in order to distinguish between culturally normal and abnormal symptomatology. This led to a study of the life and teachings of the founder of the sect, Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav.

Keywords:   ultra-orthodox Jews, Bratslav hasidim, religious groups, Rabbi Nahman

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