• October 29, 2020
  • 11 5781, Cheshvan
  • פרשת לך־לך

Mental Health & Halacha

Mental Health & Halacha

Do those suffering from anorexia need to fast on Yom Kippur? Can a person suffering from depression listen to music on Shabbat? How must a community handle a person suffering from dementia who wants to keep coming to shul to daven, but disrupts the davening? Can techniques rooted in the philosophies of other religions be used as therapeutic tools?

After a 3-year process of both halachic and professional research, discussion with mental health professionals, and sitting with leading Poskim in the Orthodox world Rav Yoni Rosensweig will share some of his conclusions in this series of Shiurim on Mental Health & Halacha.

May 6, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mental Health & Halacha: The concept of a Shoteh
Class description

In this lesson we will cover the concept of a Shoteh, which appears frequently in the Mishna and Gemara. What does it mean and how do we apply its meaning for practical use in our time?

May 13, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mental Health & Halacha: The concept of a Shoteh for a specific issue
Class description

In this session we will cover the term שוטה לדבר אחד (the concept of a Shoteh for a specific issue), a condition when someone’s personality is not totally taken over by his mental condition.

May 20, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mental Health & Halacha: Definition of a Choleh She-Yesh Bo Sakana
Class description

In this session we will cover the concept of choleh she-yesh bo sakana (a person in danger because of their condition), discussing what mental conditions define a person as being in life-threatening danger.

May 27, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mental Health & Halacha: Definition of Safek Pikuach Nefesh
Class description

In this session we will cover the concept of safek pikuach nefesh, situations where one’s mental condition casts doubt as to whether he is in a life-threatening situation.

June 3, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mental Health & Halacha: Definition of Choleh She-Ein Bo Sakana
Class description

Having covered issues related to choleh she-yesh bo sakana, this session will cover choleh she-ein bo sakana, people with mental conditions which are not life-threatening.

June 10, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mental Health & Halacha: The concept of depression in halachic history and ruling
Class description

In this session we will discuss the concept of depression in both Halachic history and ruling. Are the views and rulings of the great sages compatible with mental health conditions and situations of today?

June 17, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mental Health & Halacha: Communal and Halachic response to alzheimer’s and dementia
Class description

Taking everything we have learned up till now into consideration, in this session we will discuss what the proper communal and halachic response should be to Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

June 24, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mental Health & Halacha: The Intersection of Halacha and post-traumatic stress disorder
Class description

In this session we will discuss how certain cases of PTSD offer different kinds of thinking when it comes to their relationship with halacha.

July 1, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mental Health & Halacha: The halachic treatment of anorexia
Class description

In this session we will cover how halachic treats anorexia, primarily with regards to halachic fasting.

July 8, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mental Health & Halacha: Religious scrupulosity and obsessive compulsive disorder
Class description

In this session we will cover religious scrupulosity and how it must be handled within the context of obsessive compulsive disorder.

July 15, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mental Health & Halacha: Agoraphobia and other questions
Class description

In this final session, we will cover halachic questions that have to do with the anxiety disorder agoraphobia and touch on a few outstanding questions regarding other mental health issues.

Rav Yoni is rabbi of the Netzach Menashe community in Beit Shemesh and is a renowned teacher of Halakha, Gemara and Jewish thought. From 2006-2009 he served as Rosh Kollel of the Mizrahi community in Melbourne, Australia. Upon his return, he headed Yeshivat Hamivtar, and then became Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Shevut Yisrael in Efrat, a post which he held until 2016. He currently teaches at Midreshet Lindenbaum. Rav Yoni has semikha from Rav Nachum Eliezer Rabinovitch and from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, and degrees in education, philosophy and history. He is the author of “Yishrei Lev,” a three-volume responsa on different halakhic questions, and of “Conversations in Essence,” in which he engages in imaginary dialogue with great Jewish thinkers from the past.