The Art of Medicine, Episode #13, The Hows and Whys of Spiritual Healing
In Episode #4, Rabbi Jeremy Simons and I broached the topic of spiritual healing. The response to that program was so enthusiastic that I wanted to further the discussion. Rabbi Abraham (Abie) Schacter was kind enough to join me on “The Art of Medicine with Dr. Andrew Wilner” to share his insights.
Rabbi Abie is Director of Spiritual Care at the Memphis Jewish Home and Rehabilitation Center in Memphis, TN, and also a Board Certified Chaplain. He grew up in Yonkers, NY, went to Rabbinical school where he was exposed to “Health Care Chaplaincy.” Rabbi Abie found his calling when he did a summer internship in clinical pastoral education at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. While tending to people with life-threatening illness, he realized there was an incredible opportunity for him to “make a difference in people’s lives.” He continued his pastoral training with a one-year residency at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, TN.
Rabbi Abie explained that even if you can’t cure someone’s illness, you can always try to heal. He spoke of the “power of pausing” to allow a person’s emotions to surface and become part of a healing conversation. Even if a cure is beyond reach, improved coping skills, decreased anxiety and stress, and increased inner strength can still result.
I thoroughly enjoyed my 20-minute conversation with Rabbi Abraham Schacter and wish we could have talked longer!
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