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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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Treating Depression in the Community by the Community

Treating Depression in the Community by the Community

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(p.241) 22 Treating Depression in the Community by the Community
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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/9780300071917.003.0022

Among the ultra-orthodox, crises and depression are perceived as spiritual challenges, the domain of rabbis and zaddikim. This chapter examines how the community manages such problems. It presents the views of two ultra-orthodox rabbis, who were selected because they dealt with young men with psychiatric problems and have extensive contact with community mental health centers (CMHCs).

Keywords:   ultra-orthodox Jews, crises, depression, spiritual challenges, community mental health, rabbis, zaddikim

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