How can our rituals and prayer spaces be containers for healing?
Trauma Informed Rabbinics understands the Neuroscience behind our ritual and helps clergy, communities and individuals address trauma within sacred space. Using current practice with a consciousness towards healing we can bring direct healing to ourselves and our communities. From embodied prayer to holiday experiences, it is all in service to creating the wholeness and integration that is embedded in Jewish practice. From the word shalom, whose root word means whole, Judaism is always looking to find ways for us to achieve integration.
Judaism understands that living a balanced life is what allows for integration. The Rabbi's teach that it is the 7th day of rest that births the new week into being. Scientifically we understand that without rest we cannot function in our highest capacity, it is unsurprising that religious traditions understood this before science.
And this is just the beginning, Jewish ritual is a multi-sensory healing tool that allows us to work through trauma. This tool allows us to embody the experience through storytelling, sounds, smells, tastes, connection, learning and feeling and come out the other side. For example the Passover story allows us to embody oppression we may feel in our daily life but gives us a depersonalized framework from which to work through our own personal stories of trauma and oppression without re-traumatizing ourselves.
Join us on this healing path to come into our own wholeness, shalom!