Resources in the Category: Pastoral/Spiritual Care

Lifelong Erotic Sex in Marriage: Replacing Infatuation with Intimacy

Author: Rabbi Moshe ben Asher, Ph.D. & Magidah Khulda bat Sarah

Explores the effect of destructive cultural ideas in the failure of marriages; contemporary problematic sex-based roles and related activity that cannot provide a healthy foundation for marriage and family life, but lead instead to marital infidelity; the damaging and destructive outcomes and costs of marital infidelity; healthy foundation for marriage and family; misguided ideas of romance promoted to increase commercial profits, but which become ingrained cultural marital expectations; the character of authentic intimacy; the connections between authentic intimacy and lifelong fulfilling sexual relations; and the foundations of successful marital intimacy. (15 pp.)

Resource Link

Bo d’var — Torah Entering the Void

Author: Stephanie Tivona Reith

A d’var Torah on Parashat Bo that explores aspects of Rebbe Nachman of Bratzlav’s Torah of the Void and its application in providing spiritual and pastoral support.

Private OHALAH resource — members please log in to read.

Shemini d’var Torah Coping with Loss

Author: Stephanie Tivona Reith

A d’var Torah about what we as pastoral caregivers can learn from this parshah about helping others cope with loss.

Resource Link

The Suffering of Hagar: A Psycho-Spiritual Reflection

Author: Stephanie Tivona Reith

The Hagar narrative is a study in suffering and in hope, in dysfunctional human interactions and in spiritual help and sustenace. Hagar’s story can have contemporary relevance in situations involving mental illness, family dysfunction and abuse, homelessness, and general social isolation. It can serve both as a mirror for those who are suffering and as a template for pastoral caregivers.

Resource Link