Keywords: , , , , , ,. You can read it in google books. His fundamental teachings are found in his 1916 book Jewish Science: Divine Healing in Judaism. Umansky puts this tiny movement in its broader historical context, the interaction of psychology and religion, which included such well-known figures as Norman Vincent Peale. And the feminine face of God? Please, or to access full text content.
Umansky's portrait of Tehilla Lichtenstein, the widow of one of the rabbis and the first female spiritual leader of a Jewish congregation in the U. In imitation of Christian Science, Jewish Science was created to lure Jews, hundreds to possibly thousands back from Christian Science, and to prevent other Jews who were potential converts to the new metaphysical religion that healed the sick. Though the numbers of those formally affiliated with Jewish would remain small, its emphasis on the connection between mind and body influenced scores of rabbis and thousands if not hundreds of thousands of American Jews, predating contemporary Jewish interest in spiritual healing by more than seventy years. It discusses the works of the major proponents of Jewish Science: Morris Lichtenstein, Tehilla Lichtenstein, Alfred Geiger Moses, and Clifton Harby Levy. The movement was institutionalized in 1922 with Rabbi 's founding of the Society of Jewish Science.
From Christian Science to Jewish Science: Spiritual Healing and American Jews Journal of American History Oxford Academic During the early decades of the twentieth century, American Jewish leaders related to Christian Science as a menace. Levy must have had many M. Moses in the early 1900s in response to the growing influence of and the New Thought Movement. It was founded by Alfred G. Viewing such attraction with alarm, American Reform Rabbis sought to counter Christian Science's appeal by formulating a Jewish vision of happiness and health.
Jewish Science are services dispensed by trained therapists and psychologists to patients at medical centers. Further, that it was left out of scholarly works and that she had no idea that Christian Science was such a force in the first decades of the 20th century, to the degree that the Reform Rabbinical Community concocted a new brand of Jewish practice, Jewish Science, modeled on Christian science in a campaign to win Jews back from Christian Science. The book also examines the remarkable personalities who built and led Jewish Science--including Tehilla Lichtenstein, an inspiring figure who stood at the head of the movement for thirty-five years. Always a small movement, Jewish Science took diverse forms as different thinkers promoted their own theologies. Umansky has written a thorough, highly readable, and extremely relevant study of an aspect of American Judaism too long neglected by scholars and community leaders. This book examines the attraction of American Jews to Christian Science during the early 1900s, and the emergence of Jewish Science as a counter movement.
Jewish Science also incorporates , and concepts about similar to beliefs developed in the New Thought movement. Examining an important and previously unwritten chapter in the story of American Judaism, this book sheds light on religious and social concerns of twentieth-century American Jewry, including ways in which adherence to Jewish Science helped thousands bridge the perceived gap between Judaism and modernity. If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian. Among the greatest strengths of Umansky's book are the illuminating portraits informed by numerous interviews that she weaves throughout her narrative. What sad flattery to Mary Baker Eddy. Keywords: , , Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service.
The new Christian movement attracted thousands of young Jews, who were enchanted by the group's ideas about the supremacy of the human spirit over the illusion of physical reality. Jewish science is largely material, matter oriented, where Christian Science is fully spiritual and metaphysical. In Jewish Science there is no mother in God. Unlike Christian Science, it acknowledged the benefits of modern medicine yet, sharing the belief in God as the true source of healing, similarly emphasized the power of visualization and affirmative prayer. He taught that the origins of affirmative prayer can be found in the Book of , and that affirmations, or affirmative prayers, are best offered in silence. Thanks to radio broadcasts on and the establishment of the Jewish Science Interpreter the movement attracted numerous adherents, thereby helping its rise to prominence in the Jewish community.