Author:Schweitzer, Peter H.
Position:ASK THE RABBIS: What healing alternatives to modern medicine does Judaism offer?

A starting point for many secular Jews is an acceptance that the premise--that life is supposed to be fair--is, in fact, a myth. A first step toward healing is accepting, not fighting, this unalterable reality. We get here not with remedies or alternative practices but with clear thinking and existential honesty.

While the idea of prayer to an "other" may be a foreign concept, the notion of private introspection is familiar. We believe in the power of positive affirmation. We believe in our ability to find inner strength, resolve and even courage to face life's ordeals. In this quest for inner peace, secular Jews eschew mystical solutions or others that smack of too much New Age spirituality. But they are likely to welcome...

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