Living Jewishly Podcast: Judaism and Mental Health

July 19, 2021

Can Judaism make you sick?

There are many studies that highlight the positive effects of religious life — greater contentment, a feeling of community, and a strong sense of purpose.

But what about the negative effects of religion?

How should we think about and deal with the guilt, shame, fear, and disordered behaviours that religion can bring up in some people?

This episode of Living Jewishly is an installment of Crossing The Sea, a podcast about Judaism and mental health.

This episode looks at the line between healthy piety and unhealthy pathology and features interviews with mental health experts Dr. Michelle Friedman (Sharon and Steven Lieberman Chair of Pastoral Counseling), Dr. David Greenberg, and Dr. David H. Rosmarin.

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