Conventional or natural medicine- which is the Torah’s approach?
The Jewish community has become divided about the proper halachic perspective on modern and traditional medicine. The book, “Healing with Tradition”, is meant to help clarify the issue so that readers can make the best medical decisions possible for themselves and their families, according to our mesorah, our Jewish tradition. Originally written in Hebrew and translated to English, the author has made it available in pdf format (see below) so as many people as possible can benefit.
The back cover of the English edition:
There is a mesorah, a Torah tradition, as to how a Jew approaches all areas of life, and the pursuit of physical and mental health and well-being is no different. The Torah has a well-defined mesorah on refuah – on doctors and medicine – but it has been badly weakened. What was once self-understood, needs to be spelled out and clarified.
The informational perspectives presented in this book are meant to empower readers with Hashem’s help, to choose the best health protocols for themselves and their families. We live in confusing times. Technology is allowing for great advances in conventional medicine. At the same time, interest in alternative medicine is growing. And as the interest grows, so does the opposition. This book has been prepared to guide readers as to how to strike a balance between the two worlds of conventional and alternative medicine, in accordance with the true healing mesorah of the Torah.
Maintaining our health is an endeavor that must be approached with responsibility and intelligence. When the Gemara seeks to bring a proof for a matter of halacha, one way or another, it will begin with the words ‘Come and hear.’
This book is an invitation to the public Come and hear…
From the Introduction:
This book is intended for the general public, to present the proper approach to health (both physical and mental health), to medicine, to doctors, and to differing healing disciplines. There is a mesorah, a Torah tradition, as to how a Jew approaches all areas of life. In recent times, a great darkness and concealment has descended over the world. Many have lost their clarity, many are confused. During the coronavirus crisis, and in the ensuing period of the corona vaccine campaign, it became clear that the Torah’s mesorah on health and medicine has been badly weakened. What was once self-understood, needs to be spelled out and clarified.
The point of this book is not to collect and present a plethora of source material, nor is it meant to afford psakim, practical rulings, as to
what any individual should, or should not, do. Rather, it is meant to open the inquiry, to awaken the public to think into these matters, to consider and weigh various points and arguments. The “fifth volume of Shulchan Aruch” is common sense, and this book is an appeal to the public’s common sense. …
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The author can be reached at 18Refuahmesorah@gmail.com.