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A Practical Guide to Rabbinic Counseling

A Jewish Lights Classic Reprint

Edited by Rabbi Yisrael N. Levitz, PhD, and Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, MD

6 x 9, 432 pp, Hardcover, 978-1-58023-562-4

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Provides the requisite knowledge and practical guidelines for
some of the most common counseling situations.

Todayís rabbis, in addition to being spiritual leaders of their congregations, are also expected to be competent counselors to members of their community. Yet rabbis often feel inadequately prepared for the difficult challenges of their counseling role.

To many, rabbinic counseling appears deceptively simple, requiring no more than good intuition, fair judgment and sincere empathy. Good counseling, in reality, is a complex process requiring a combination of knowledge, skill, self-awareness and an understanding of human dynamics.

This groundbreaking bookówritten specifically for community rabbis and religious counselorsóreflects the wisdom of seasoned professionals, who provide clear guidelines and sensible strategies for effective rabbinic counseling.

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Lisa Aiken, PhD

Norman Blumenthal, PhD

Robert A. Baruch Bush, JD

Benjamin W. Corn, MD

Phyllis Dvora Corn, MSc

Rosie Einhorn, MSW

Daniel H. Jackson, PhD

Susan Taylor Jackson, PhD

Dodi Lee Lamm, MSW

Rabbi Maurice Lamm

Yisrael N. Levitz, PhD

Neal D. Levy, PhD

Rona Michelson, DSW

David Pelcovitz, PhD

Sylvan J. Schaffer, JD, PhD

Rael Strous, MD

Abraham J. Twerski, MD

Lisa Goodman Twerski, MSW

Sherry Zimmerman, JD

Rabbi Yisrael N. Levitz, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, former pulpit rabbi and professor emeritus of Yeshiva Universityís Wurzweiler School of Social Work, where he held the Bennett chair in pastoral counseling. He was director of the Bella and Harry Wexner Kollel Elyon Program at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and developed its pioneering rabbinic training curriculum. He is currently dean of the Center for Foreign Studies in Jerusalem, and director of the Family Institute of Neve Yerushalayim. He continues to teach rabbinic counseling to semichah students at the Gruss Institute in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, MD, is a prolific author, noted lecturer, former pulpit rabbi and psychiatrist. He has inspired audiences worldwide with his public lectures and authorship of over fifty popular self-help books, including The Formula for Proper Living: Practical Lessons from Life and Torah and Happiness and the Human Spirit: The Spirituality of Becoming the Best You Can Be (both Jewish Lights). He specializes in addictions and rehabilitation, and is the founding director of Gateway, an award-winning alcohol rehabilitation center near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


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