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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 Match Is Arranged Between Cultural Psychiatry and Ultra-Orthodox Judaism

A Match Is Arranged Between Cultural Psychiatry and Ultra-Orthodox Judaism

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4 A Match Is Arranged Between Cultural Psychiatry and Ultra-Orthodox Judaism
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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/9780300071917.003.0004

This chapter explores the union of Western psychiatry and the ultra-orthodox community, based on the concept of shidduch, the arranged matrimonial match. The groom is a composite of two male Israeli psychiatrists who work closely with the ultra-orthodox Jewish population. Both are part of a medical tradition which takes for granted that everything the therapist observes in or is told by patients can be subsumed within its omniscient structure. Yet it is shown that providing clinical care to the ultra-orthodox community—the bride—is a matter of considerable complexity.

Keywords:   ultra-orthodox Jews, shidduch, arranged marriage, Israeli psychiatrists, Western psychiatry

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