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NEFESH ALL POINTS NORTH LODGE Professional Development

Trauma and Teshuva I

Previously Recorded

Presenter: Dr. David Pelcovitz, Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox, and Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

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200 minutes

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Recording available for Trauma and Teshuva I

(originally presented on September 11, 2011)


Topics to be Discussed:

Does trauma facilitate Teshuva, or impede it?

Do religious people handle trauma differently or better than others ?

Is personal meaning always found in collective trauma?

Are spiritual reactions to trauma a defense, a coping strategy or a healing step?

Why do some traumatic events affect us more deeply, and haunt us much longer, than other traumatic events?

How can we help others who are traumatized when we ourselves are traumatized?


Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox is a clinical and forensic psychologist and professor in Los Angeles, Rav of the Hashkama Minyan at the Young Israel of Hancock Park, and a visiting Dayan of the Bais Din, Rabbanut Yerushalayim.   His presentation will offer an in-depth look at significant trauma throughout Jewish history, with its accompanying supplication, distress and anger issues as they correlate to religious and spiritual struggles.

Dr. David Pelcovitz, Straus Professor of Psychology and Education, Azrieli Graduate School, Yeshiva University, is chairing this program and will present on the idea of resilience in the face of trauma.

Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Executive Vice President, Emeritus, of the Orthodox Union, will focus on the way traumatic events affect us, some more than others.  He will address the issue of helping others who are traumatized, when the “helpers” have themselves been traumatized by the same occurrence, and he will respond to the issue of teshuva: does trauma facilitate, or impede it?

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