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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 Soldier of the Apocalypse

The Soldier of the Apocalypse

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(p.253) 23 The Soldier of the Apocalypse
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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/9780300071917.003.0023

This chapter presents the case of Benjamin, soldier of the apocalypse. The therapists' wish to understand (and help) and the patient's wish to be understood (and helped) led to the gradual revelation of layer after layer of his narrative. The description of battles with forces of evil was not necessarily psychotic, and the therapists' ability to listen and react but not overreact was crucial. Ultimately, the story of Benjamin shows that even after they learn an enormous amount about a person, therapists must come to terms with how little they understand.

Keywords:   ultra-orthodox Jews, therapists, evil, mental illness, psychotherapy

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