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Sanity and Sanctity: Mental Health Work Among the Ultra-Orthodox in Jerusalem Hardcover – April 1, 2001

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300071914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300071917
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An important and fascinating contribution. . . . that reflects the authors' deep understanding of and immersion in their patients' world and beliefs." -- Robert King, M.D., Yale Child Study Center

About the Author

David Greenberg, M.D., director of the Community Mental Health Center, Herzog Hospital, Jerusalem, is editor of the Israel Journal of Psychiatry. Eliezer Witztum, M.D., is professor in the division of psychiatry, faculty of health sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and director of psychotherapy supervision, Mental Health Center, Beer Sheva.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Goldfinger on May 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a very honest account of the authors' experiences in treating members of the fervently Orthodox ("Chareidi") community of Jerusalem. They are not Chareidi, but I am and I can say that they are extremely accurate in their portrayal of our culture and beliefs. They are respectful, and make a concerted effort to identify any biases they might have. The book also appears to be well researched, and I recommend that readers do not skip the end notes.

Personally, I have encountered a case in which a young man's behavior was at the borderline between sincere religious practice and obsessive compulsive disorder. In his case, a very sensitive Rabbi identified him as having a potential problem, and he was encouraged to get professional therapy (which was effective). Not all religious leaders, however, are this savvy and many of them could benefit from reading this book.

Similarly, mental health workers who encounter Chareidi or other Orthodox Jews would benefit by a peek into our culture.

I am very glad that the authors wrote this book. I give it 5 stars.
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