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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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Visions and Hallucinations

Visions and Hallucinations

Angels in Today's World

(p.52) 8 Visions and Hallucinations
Sanity and Sanctity

David Greenberg

Eliezer Witztum

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the difficulty of distinguishing between visions and hallucinations, particularly with regard to belief in angels. It first considers two aspects of hallucinations: the person's insight into his experience and condition, and his general level of functioning. It then turns to the content of the experiences themselves. It suggests that it is appropriate for an ultra-orthodox person in the twenty-first century to believe in the existence of angels, even though he does not expect to see them.

Keywords:   ultra-orthodox Jews, visions, hallucinations, religious beliefs

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