Academy for Jewish Religion, California - Clergy & Alumni Association


I currently do have have two clients. I am a member at IKAR and am on the Avelilut committee.

  • Bereavement Counseling
  • Hospital Chaplaincy
  • Visiting the Sick/Bikkur Cholim

Thesis Title:
Refa’einu, Heal Us (2009)

The purpose of my thesis is to examine and analyze the notion of physical and non-physical healing as it appears in Jewish tradition. I believe that healing is the act of bringing Divine light into a place which is filled with a sense of sadness, loss, darkness, chaos, and the unknown. Healing, like life itself, is a mystery; it is a process to be experienced and understood as one embraces the journey. As a result, there is no right, wrong, or one way to experience the healing process.

In consideration of physical healing, I have focused upon Jewish biblical texts, rabbinic traditions cited in the Talmud and Midrashic sources, and the Jewish Legal Codes. These references serve as the foundation for addressing the physical components of healing. Other traditional sources that provide insight into the non-physical form of healing include prayer, psalms, music, meditation, and visitation. These forms of consolation guide those in need and provide support. It is, however, through the narrative of my life’s journey that I seek to validate and augment these teachings with insights gleaned from my own personal experience.

It is not uncommon for an individual to feel an immense sense of fear and disorientation the moment a physical event evokes a serious diagnosis. One’s life seems to be turned upside down and inside out whereby the feeling of chaos and darkness pervades the soul. The overwhelming sensation of darkness and emptiness often overtakes the individual and may continue for an indefinite amount of time.

There seems to be, however, a pivotal moment that often takes place, when the healing light begins to penetrate the darkness. By choosing to embrace the healing light, a person enters into the acceptance of truth, faith, hope, and trust in the Divine healing process.

Email: bzacky1@yahoo.com